CPI(M) berates Centre over Indore-Patna Express mishap

The party also demanded that the inquiry report of the incident be made public and the guilty be punished unlike earlier probes that remained "unpublished".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 20, 2016 2:20 pm
In this image made from video, people gather at the site of a train accident near Pukhrayan, about 270 kilometers (168 miles) from Allahabad, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Rescue workers used gas cutters to pull out survivors after 14 coaches of a passenger train rolled off the track in northern India early Sunday, police said. (KK Productions via AP) In this image made from video, people gather at the site of a train accident near Pukhrayan, about 270 kilometers (168 miles) from Allahabad, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Rescue workers used gas cutters to pull out survivors after 14 coaches of a passenger train rolled off the track in northern India early Sunday, police said. (KK Productions via AP)

The CPI(M) on Sunday berated the Centre over the Indore-Patna Express mishap, saying it was “unfortunate” that the Prime Minister or the Railway Minister, concerned more with “bullet trains”, were “not willing” to take responsibility for the incident. Accidents are happening with “alarming regularity”, but the Railway Ministry and the government are yet to wake from their “slumber” and address the dire conditions of the railways, it said.

In its statement, the CPI(M) Polit Bureau also expressed grief over the loss of lives and conveyed its condolences to the families of those killed and sympathy with those injured. “Instead of giving priority to railway safety and upgrading safety equipment, signaling and tracks, the government seems to more concerned with introducing bullets trains.

“It is very unfortunate that neither the Prime Minister, the railway minister nor the cabinet collectively is willing to take responsibility for such a big accident that has led to the loss of so many lives,” it said. The party also demanded that the inquiry report of the incident be made public and the guilty be punished unlike earlier probes that remained “unpublished”.