Published On: Sun, Aug 20th, 2017

Indian Railway Ministry Suspend Officers, Sent Top Brass On Leave Following Train Accident

The top brass of railway have been sent on leave a day after Utkal Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh that took the lives of 23 people and injured more than 100 others.

The Indian railway ministry has sent member (engineering) railway board Aditya Kumar Mittal, divisional railway manager (DRM) R N Singh and general manager (GM) Northern Railways R K Kulshrestha on leave till further orders amid ground of negligence that led to Saturday’s train accident.

It is learned the crew of Utkal express train was not informed about maintenance work under process on the track.

The strict action is looked like sending signal to top officials that there will be zero tolerance henceforth towards accidents.

Indian Railway Ministry Suspend Officers, Sent Top Brass On Leave Following Train Accident

Apart from the top brass sent on leave, four more officers have been suspended including a senior divisional engineer, Delhi division. A Chief track engineer has been transferred too.

A criminal complaint against unknown people has also been lodged for deaths caused by negligence under IPC section 304A.

“This is the first time in recent history that a member who is a secretary-level officer has been punished and sent on leave. The action reflects government’s zero tolerance against accidents. In the past, actions were taken only against junior level officers,” said a railway official.

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