Train Runs Over 4 Railway Workers In Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi

Lucknow: 

Four railway maintenance workers were killed after a train ran over them in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi district on Monday. The four men were working on the railway track between Sandila and Umartali stations in Uttar Pradesh, when the Akal Takht Express, travelling between Kolkata and Amritsar, ran over them.

“The gangmen were reportedly doing drilling work on the track without any prior block,” a statement from the northern railway said. The incident took place at around noon on Monday.

The workers had tightened four bolts on the tracks and had they not done so, the train could have derailed, causing major damage, news agency IANS reported.

A senior rail track inspector has been suspended after the incident for negligence. The inspector was sitting far off from where the repair work was being carried out, IANS quoted officials as saying. Officials reportedly said that the inspector neither blocked the tracks nor alerted drivers of incoming trains that repair work was being undertaken on the tracks

The Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Moradabad has ordered an investigation into why adequate precautions were not taken when repairs were under way. Railways has also announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the families of the workers who died.

Families of the workers protested and did not allow the bodies to be taken for post-mortem until eight hours after the incident. ADRM Sharad Shrivastava arrived at the spot and spoke to the families, before announcing a Rs 25 lakh compensation for each victim’s family.

A three-member team is investigating the incident and further action will be taken based on the report, according to ANI.

The incident comes weeks after the Amritsar tragedy in which 60 Dussehra revellers were mowed down by a passing train.

With inputs from agencies

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