Kalinga Utkal Express derailment: 4 railway officials suspended
Amid reports that the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed due railway officers' negligence, Railway Board has sent on leave three top officials, suspended four railway officers and transferred one.
After the audio clip alleging negligence on the part of railway workers went viral, Senior Divisional Engineer, Assistant Engineer, a Senior Section Engineer (Permanent Way), responsible for track maintenance and a Junior Engineer have been suspended and Chief Track Engineer, Northern Railway has been transferred.
Three top officials--Northern Railway GM RK Kulshreshtra, Railway Board Member Engineering Aditya Mittal and Divisional Railway Manager Delhi RN Singh-- have been sent on leave based on the prima facie evidence, as instructed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The audio clip is a conversation between a gateman and railway official about the broken track that needed welding. No red flag was shown to the train to caution them about the danger ahead.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad denied any terror angle to the derailment.
The accident occurred on Saturday evening around 5.45 pm leading to death of over 22 passengers and injuring over 100 passengers.