Thirteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express train went off-track as carriages slammed into each other at Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing 23 and injuring 156 people. The railway officials announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. A desperate search for survivors is underway. Though stern action has been taken against eight officials with immediate effect, the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.
As another train accident results in a steep death toll, the Railway authorities cynically cry wolf and claim that the tracks were sabotaged
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
Visakhapatnam: Death toll rose to 41 in the train derailment accident of Vizianagaram district today.
THe National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Andhra Pradesh's Hyderabad Crime Investigation Department (CID) visited the accident site today to study if there was sabotage angle in the accident.
According to Railway Police officials, one more body has been recovered from one of the derailed coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express.
Nikhil Thiyyar Delhi