Compensation for train mishap victims unlikely

Visakhapatnam:  The Railway authorities have begun their probe into the mishap in which eight passengers were mowed down by the Rayagada-Vijayawada Passenger train near Gotlam, 7 km from here, Saturday night. Commissioner of railway safety S Naik on Monday visited the accident spot and examined the S1 Compartment of the Allappuzha-Dhanbad Bokaro Express from which smoke is said to have emanated, triggering panic among passengers who jumped onto the tracks only to be run over by the passenger train.

Speaking to reporters, Naik said that the department was conducting inquiry from all angles and action would be taken against all those who were responsible for the incident. He said that he would submit a detailed report to the Railway Board on the incident in a couple of weeks for further action. Naik recorded the evidence and also interacted with the officials and passengers concerned. He also called on Karupasi who had received severe injuries in the incident and is undergoing treatment at the Maharaja’s Government District Headquarters Hospital here.

Meanwhile, all the bodies were handed over to the families of the deceased. Arrangements were made for transportation of the relatives of the deceased to their native places along with the bodies.

Senior officials said that the chances of providing compensation to kin of the deceased and victims was unlikely as no fault was found with the railway operations.