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27 Train Accidents In 3 Years; Congress Slams Modi Govt Over Lack Of Railways Safety

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| August 20 , 2017 , 11:17 IST

In the wake of another train derailment on Saturday, Congress slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for the increasing number of railways accidents, identifying the recent incident as the 27th rail accident during the tenure of the Modi-government.

As 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli area on Saturday evening, at least 23 people were killed and another 40 injured.

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Questioning the efforts being made by the Modi-led government in ensuring Railway safety, the Congress demanded strong action be taken to prevent similar rail accidents from occurring.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that rail accidents have become a usual affair in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime.

"The Congress expresses grief over the loss of lives. Such train accidents have become a usual affair in India. This is the 27th rail accident during the Modi government. In the BJP tenure, 259 people have lost their lives and around 900 people have got injured in different rail accidents," said Surjewala.

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"The prices of ticket and platform ticket have been increased, Railway safety cess has also been levied but the safety is missing. Why is the Modi government not investing in railway safety? The Modi government is not learning anything from the railway accidents. Strong measures should be taken for ensuring railway security," he added.

Meanwhile, a probe has been launched into the Muzaffarnagar train tragedy to identify the cause of the derailment.