ALLAHABAD: Contradictory statements have emerged from departments of the railways as far as the derailment of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express is concerned, with the railways claiming that the dumper which allegedly caused the accident belonged to a private person, while the Government Railway Police (GRP) stated that the vehicle was working on a contractual basis with the railways.
According to GRP officials, the dumper was working on construction of a third railway line, a freight corridor. The derailment took place between Pata and Achalda, less than 50 km from Etawah station.
Ravikant Parashar, deputy superintendent of police for GRP Etawah circle said, “The dumper was working on contract basis with the railway to dump soil and gravel for construction of the third line.”
Station officer of GRP Etawah Vijay Singh said, “At around 2:40 am, the dumper overturned and fell on the up track (Kanpur-New Delhi). Before the driver of the dumper could dial 100 to alert railways, the speeding Kaifiyat Express hit the vehicle and got derailed five minutes later.”
“In the accident, at least 40-50 people were injured. They were taken to Auriya, Kannauj and Etawah government hospitals,” Singh added.
On Wednesday evening, an FIR was filed by GRP Etawah against dumper driver Ballu and railway contractor Alok Dubey. “They have been booked under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) of the IPC. Sections of the Railways Act, Public Property Damage Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They had dumped soil to create aternate passage over the railway tracks,” SO Singh said.
However, chief public relations officer Gaurav K Bansal of North Central Railways said, “The dumper was neither of the railways nor of its contractors. Since there is no railway crossing, the private dumper attempted to cross the line and got stuck. The driver of the dumper broke the barbed wire and attempted to trespass the line, but when his vehicle got stuck, he abandoned it and ran away.”
According to the railways, there was no fault in signal or in railway track, as other trains which had passed earlier had not reported any faults.
Bansal said, “Loco pilots of Kaifiyat Express are heroes. They were not only alert but took appropriate action to respond to the unprecedented situation. Only 21 passengers were injured.”