Utkal Express Derails: 4 Railway Officials Suspended, 3 Sent On Leave - Updates

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Utkal Express Derails: 4 Railway Officials Suspended, 3 Sent On Leave - Updates

The Kalinga Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. (Reuters)

New Delhi:  Thirteen coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing over 20 people and injuring at least 200. The railways announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. Following the incident, four railway officials have been suspended and chief track engineer of Northern Railways has been transferred. Three other officials have been sent on leave. The accident comes less than a year after the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in November, 2016, leaving over 100 dead.

Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected. The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.

People can also dial the following numbers released by the railways:
  


Aug 20, 2017
23:15 (IST)
Aug 20, 2017
22:44 (IST)
FIR registered against unknown persons
An FIR has been registered against unknown persons in the derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express, says police: PTI
Aug 20, 2017
21:33 (IST)
Audio clip to be looked into: Railway official
Audio clip of a purported conversation between a railway employee and a mediaperson, in which the former claimed yesterday's tragedy in Khatauli was due to "negligence", will be looked into, says a top railway ministry official: PTI
Aug 20, 2017
21:21 (IST)
Based on prima facie evidence, four railway officials have been suspended. General Manager of Northern Railways and Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi have been sent on leave. Chief Track Engineer of Northern Railways has been transferred. According to sources, Member Engineering, Railway Board has also been sent on leave.
Aug 20, 2017
20:56 (IST)
22 people killed, 203 injured: ADG Law & Order
22 casualties so far, 203 persons injured and undergoing treatment in various hospitals, says ADG Law & Order: ANI
Aug 20, 2017
20:52 (IST)
Four railway officials suspended
Four railway officials suspended and chief track engineer of northern railways has been transferred. Three other officials have been sent on leave.
Aug 20, 2017
20:48 (IST)
No evidence of any terror outfit involved in accident: ADG Law & Order
Prima facie and on the basis of inquiry done so far by ATS there is no evidence of any terror outfit involved in the accident, says ADG Law & Order Anand Kumar: News agency ANI
Aug 20, 2017
18:57 (IST)
Over 50 discharged, 102 still receiving treatment: UP minister
More than 50 passengers who received injuries in the Muzaffarnagar train accident have been discharged from hospitals while 102 others are still receiving treatment, the Uttar Pradesh government said today.
Aug 20, 2017
18:55 (IST)
Family of each of those killed must get Rs 25 lakh as compensation: CPI(M)
The CPI(M) today said the compensation given by the railways to the families of the 21 people killed in the Utkal Express derailment near Khatauli was not sufficient and it should be increased.

"Family of each of those killed must get Rs 25 lakh as compensation, and the state government must bear the cost of treatment of the injured," secretary the party's Uttar Pradesh unit Dr. Girish said in a statement.
Aug 20, 2017
18:49 (IST)
Aug 20, 2017
17:39 (IST)
Aug 20, 2017
15:29 (IST)
A total of Rs 25 lakh paid so far as ex-gratia to some affected passengers and the kin of the dead: Jamshed on Utkal Express derailment: Railway board member
Aug 20, 2017
15:12 (IST)
Was There A 'Repair On, Stop Train' Note? Station Officials Say 'No Idea'

It now appears that some repair work on the tracks was in progress, of which the station master of Khatauli, the nearest station, claimed to have been unaware.  

Rajiv Kumar Kulshreshtha, the general mamager of the Northern Railways, said track repair equipment were found yesterday at the site. "It is said that there were some work going on and the necessary precautions were not taken," he said. 


Aug 20, 2017
14:02 (IST)
JUST IN: Railway Commissioner (Safety) will initiate detailed probe from tomorrow into derailment of Utkal Express: Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic (Railways).
Aug 20, 2017
14:00 (IST)
Utkal Express Accident: What We Know Till Now

Among fluctuating figures of those killed and injured, Railways in a press conference confirmed that 20 people lost their lives and 92 have been injured in the rail accident.


Aug 20, 2017
13:20 (IST)
Railway Minister was constantly monitoring the situation. He directed us for the restoration work: Railway board member Mohd Jamshed


Aug 20, 2017
12:35 (IST)
Uttar Pradesh police releases list of 13 people dead in the Utkal Express accident

Aug 20, 2017
12:02 (IST)

Khatauli Station Chief Rajendra Singh denies the charge saying he 'was unaware of repair works'


Aug 20, 2017
11:50 (IST)
JUST IN: Railway engineers now blame Station chief saying 'We knew about repair works and had asked trains be delayed'
Aug 20, 2017
11:06 (IST)
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the Utkal Express derailment, saying he has asked authorities "to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day".
Aug 20, 2017
10:44 (IST)
Restoration top priority: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Aug 20, 2017
10:23 (IST)
Injured count revised again, stands at 156 now, here is the list

Aug 20, 2017
09:45 (IST)
Cause of the derailment still remains unclear, death toll revised: Railways spokesperson

- The number of dead in the Utkal Express now 21 and at least 97 have been injured.

- 6 out of the 13 damaged coaches removed. 2 cranes pressed into action, using services of other cranes as well.

- Northern Railway General Manager is present at the spot. Hope that all damaged/affected coaches will be removed by afternoon.  

- Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 pm today

- Injured have been shifted to Meerut, Muzaffarnagar hospitals.
Aug 20, 2017
09:09 (IST)
Trains On Meerut Line Cancelled Or Diverted Till 6 PM

"All services on Meerut line, on which the Khatauli falls, have been either cancelled or diverted through other routes till 6 PM, as the tracks are yet to be cleared of mangled train coaches," DRM of the Delhi Division, R N Singh said.


Aug 20, 2017
08:17 (IST)
Track repair and restoration is still going on at the site where the train derailed in Uttar Pradesh. Several trains on this route have been cancelled




Aug 20, 2017
08:06 (IST)
'Coach flew over another, rammed house': Eyewitness recounts train horror

Manoj Baliyan, 42 and his family are still shaken as one end of the mangled sleeper coach (S2) of the train, which had rammed his house's porch, shattering its facade, is leaning precariously on the house.

"A coach had even rammed the boundary wall of a college building near our house," said Manoj Baliyan, who runs a shop in the area.

"There was a massive thud and one of the coaches flew over the pantry car and rammed our house's porch," he told PTI.


Aug 20, 2017
07:47 (IST)
Update: Number of injured in the train accident now 75, Railway Ministry releases list

Aug 20, 2017
00:51 (IST)
The derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express near Muzaffarnagar resulted in cancellation of three train services, including Ambala-Delhi-Ambala Intercity Express and Haridwar-Puri Utkal Kalinga Express, commencing journey Sunday: news agency PTI
Aug 19, 2017
23:21 (IST)
Aug 19, 2017
22:54 (IST)
The number of injured has gone up to 72.
Aug 19, 2017
22:06 (IST)
Aug 19, 2017
22:03 (IST)
Details of trains diverted due to the derailment.
Aug 19, 2017
21:58 (IST)
Scene at the accident spot before sunset.

Aug 19, 2017
21:54 (IST)
Medical van from Delhi, Saharanpur and Accident Relief Train from Ambala have rushed for derailment site: Ministry of Railways
Aug 19, 2017
21:49 (IST)
The train had left Puri at 9 pm on Friday night and was to reach Haridwar at 9 pm tonight
Aug 19, 2017
21:47 (IST)
A team of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of UP police has been rushed to the accident site
The team headed by DSP Anoop Singh will probe any terror angle into the rail accident. NDRF teams have also been rushed to the accident site.
Aug 19, 2017
21:45 (IST)
In UP Train Accident, A Coach Crashed Into A House: 10 Points
Rescuers cut through heaps of mangled metal with gas cutters to reach those injured in a train accident in Muzaffarnagar district.
Aug 19, 2017
21:39 (IST)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announces Rs. 5 lakh ex-gratia relief to therelatives of Odia passengers killed in the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailment

Aug 19, 2017
21:33 (IST)
The death toll has gone up to 23. Over 40 people have been injured.
Aug 19, 2017
21:00 (IST)
35 ambulances, bread butter, 1000 food packets, extra private and UP state transport buses, volunteers mobilized from Meerut: reports NDTV's Alok Pandey

Aug 19, 2017
20:35 (IST)
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announces ex gratia of Rs. 3.5 lakhs for those who lost their lives, Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured. Rs. 25,000 for people with minor injuries
Aug 19, 2017
20:28 (IST)
Over 20 people have been injured.
Aug 19, 2017
20:25 (IST)
President Ram Nath Kovind's tweet:

Aug 19, 2017
20:20 (IST)
10 killed in Muzaffarnagar train derailment, says Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order: ANI news agency. 

Aug 19, 2017
20:13 (IST)
Aug 19, 2017
20:02 (IST)
4 killed in train derailment in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, says Railways Spokesperson: ANI news agency
Aug 19, 2017
19:54 (IST)
The derailment could affect movement of trains on the busy Northern Railway route.
Aug 19, 2017
19:50 (IST)
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate told NDTV that about 50 people have been rescued so far.

Aug 19, 2017
19:47 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his sadness. He tweeted that all help will be provided.

Aug 19, 2017
19:40 (IST)
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have mobilised for rescue operations.

Aug 19, 2017
19:35 (IST)
Here are the helpline numbers.
Aug 19, 2017
19:33 (IST)
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