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Updated: March 20, 2012 16:55 IST

Mukul blames ‘negligent’ van driver for rail accident

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Mukul Roy taking oath as Union Railway Minister during the Swearing in Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 20, 2012. Photo: R.V.Moorthy
The Hindu Mukul Roy taking oath as Union Railway Minister during the Swearing in Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 20, 2012. Photo: R.V.Moorthy

Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Tuesday blamed the van driver for the major accident at an unmanned level crossing near Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, which claimed 16 lives.

In his first statement in Parliament after assuming office, Mr. Roy said Rs two lakh have been announced for the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the grievously injured besides Rs 25,000 to those with minor injury.

16 people were killed and three others seriously injured when the Mathura-Kasganj Express rammed into an overcrowded vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing this morning.

“As per preliminary information, the incident occurred due to negligent driving by the driver of the mini-van. The driver did not stop his van at the stop board short of level crossing to check for approaching train as prescribed,” Mr. Roy said in a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha.

He said medical relief was immediately dispatched from Kasganj through an accident relief train. He said locals and civic authorities had shifted the injured to nearby hospitals by the time the relief train arrived at the spot.

The injured were moved to a local hospital at Badhwa and those requiring special medical attention were sent to medical college at Aligarh.

Mr. Roy said, “the accident took place at the unmanned level crossing ‘C’ which has very low traffic density”.

While the van driver can be blamed for his negligence which claimed his and other 16 lives, the accident could certainly have been prevented had it been a manned crossing. Mr. Mukul Roy could have instead talked about manning the railway crossings. That is what happens when you sack a qualified intellectual of the likes of Mr. Trivedi with a seemingly unreasonable Roy just for cheap politics to stay in power.

from:  Amit Butola
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 20:56 IST

Good note from a person who is assuming the office..

from:  Mohammed Nooman
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 18:05 IST
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