2 derailments in 4 days: Railway Board chairman Ashok Mittal resigns

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2 derailments in 4 days: Railway Board chairman Ashok Mittal resigns

Ashok Mittal, the chairman of the Railway Board, today resigned from his post in the wake of two derailments on the Indian Railways in just four days.

Ashok Mittal, Chairman of the Railway Board, today submitted his resignation to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, sources told India Today.

Mittal's resignation comes in the wake of a number of a high-profile accidents and derailments on the Indian Railways.

The most recent of the accidents was today morning's Kaifyat Express derailment in which more than 70 people were injured. The train derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya after colliding a dumper at an unmanned level crossing.

The train traveling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with the dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achhalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway (NCR) said.

This was four days after a more serious derailment in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar left at least 22 people dead. On Saturday, the Haridwar-bound Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffaragar district injuring 156 people in addition to the 22 killed.

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