The probe into the Indore-Patna Express derailment, that has claimed at least 146 lives, began on Monday with Commissioner of Railway Safety P K Acharya visiting the accident site and inspecting the broken track and the mangled bogies. “The commissioner of railway safety (eastern circle) reached the accident site here and closely inspected the broken railway track and the damaged coaches,” Deputy General Manager North Central Railway (NCR) Amit Mishra told PTI.
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The entire inspection as well as the accident site was videographed. Railway engineers and technical staff were asked questioned in connection with the derailment by the railway safety commissioner, he said.
Mishra said people who were travelling in the train and have any information with regard to the accident, can share it with Acharya. He will be available at the Kanpur Railway Station from morning till evening on November 22 and 23 and will use the inputs while preparing the investigation report.
Acharya’s visit to the site comes a day after Deputy Chief Safety Officer, Allahabad, Ram Surat Singh, wrote to the NCR about a “statutory enquiry” by the railway safety commissioner regarding the accident that took place between Pukhrayan-Malsa stations.
The letter, while seeking necessary logistics arrangement for the probe, said the inquiry will be held at the office of the deputy chief traffic manager (CTM), Kanpur Central Railway station on November 22 and 23.
Earlier in the day, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told Lok Sabha that a statutory inquiry by the commissioner of railway safety has been ordered to find the cause of the accident as he promised “strictest possible action” against the guilty. He also said latest technical and forensic analysis will be used for a thorough investigation.
14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express derailed in Kanpur Dehat in the wee hours Sunday due to suspected rail fracture. The commissioner of railway safety comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.