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Utkal Express Derailment: FIR Filed Against 'Unknown Persons' On 'Death Due To Negligence'

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| August 20 , 2017 , 14:29 IST

The derailment of 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand in Muzaffarnagar, UP on Saturday resulted in the death of 23 people, with nearly a 100 others injured.

As the death toll mounted from the recent railway tragedy, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu called for a probe into the matter to identify the reason behind the derailment of the Utkal Express.

Although no definitive cause of the derailment has been identified, nor has any culprit, a FIR has already been filed against 'unknown persons' under various sections of the IPC, including 304 A death due to negligence, section 287 for negligent conduct with respect to machinery, section 337 for causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety, section 338 for causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal security and section 427v for mischief causing damage.

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In addition, sections of the Railways Act have also been filed against the unknown culprit or culprits, including section 151 for damage to or destruction of certain railway properties and section 154 for endangering safety of persons traveling by railway by rash or negligent act or omission.

Initial reports of the incident on Saturday evening had reported a death toll of as less as 5 persons, however during an overnight search and rescue operation, many more fatalities were discovered.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday ordered the Chairman of the Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of the day, in connection with the Utkal Express derailment.

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"Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day," Prabhu tweeted.

During a press conference, Mohammad Jamshed Member Traffic of the Railway Board said that the Commissioner Railway Safety, Northern Circle will begin an enquiry into the incident from tomorrow.

Political leaders expressed their condolences on the event, while Congress slammed the frequency of railways accidents that have taken place during the tenure of the NDA government.