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4 Railways Officials Suspended After Utkal Express Derailment In Muzaffarnagar

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| August 21 , 2017 , 07:32 IST

As promised by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, swift action has been taken in the case of the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district which killed 24 people and injuring more than 90 others on Saturday.

So far, 3 railway officials have been suspended, 3 others transferred and 1 sent on leave in connection with the derailment of 14 coaches of the Utkal Express which was reportedly caused due to negligence.

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The suspended officials include a Senior Divisional Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Senior Section Engineer and a Junior Engineer, while the Chief Track Engineer of the Northern Railway has been transferred. Also, Member (Engineering) in the Railway Board, Northern Railway General Manager and Divisional Regional Manager (Delhi) have been sent on leave.

Although the reason behind the derailment has not yet officially been announced, any terror angle has been ruled out.

Senior UP police officer Anand Kumar said, "Prima facie and on the basis of inquiry done so far by ATS (anti-terror squad), there is no evidence of any terror outfit involved in the accident."

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According to reports, repair work was being carried out on the tracks where the train eventually de-railed, but due to miscommunication, the news of the repair work did not reach the Utkal Express which continued on its journey at speeds nearing 100 kmph.

"It was running at a speed of about 100 kmph when the accident took place," a top Railways official RN Singh said.

A first information report (FIR) has been filed for causing death by negligence, mischief, and destruction of railway property.