Indore Patna Express tragedy: Railways shunts Jhansi DRM, suspends officials

A high-level probe was on Monday ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised "strictest possible action" against the guilty.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 5:53 pm
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Two days after the derailment of Indore Patna Express that claimed over 140 lives, the Railway department on Tuesday transferred Jhansi’s Divisional Railway Manager to Ranchi and suspended divisional heads of coaches & tracks and their subordinates. The Railways also formed a 12-member team of GRP personnel to investigate the accident. DSP GRP Jhansi will head the team, Director General Railways Gopal Gupta said.

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An FIR has already been registered against unidentified railway employees under section 304A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 of IPC at the GRP police station at Bhimsen railway station.

Officials had said that prima facie the cause of the accident could be due to track fracture.

A high-level probe was on Monday ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised “strictest possible action” against the guilty. Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, he said a separate investigation will be held aided by latest technical and forensic analysis.