Utkal Express derailment: Northern Railways GM RNKulshrestha sent on leave

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The Utkal Express was traveling from the eastern seaside town of Puri to the northern hill town of Haridwar when the train derailed at 5:46 p.m. local time near the town of Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh.

Chief Track Engineer, Alok Ansal, has been transferred, it added.

The number of the dead stood at 20 and those injured in the derailment in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening was 92, Mohammed Jamshed, an official of the railways traffic department, told reporters.

Four NDRF teams of skilled personnel equipped with sophisticated gas cutters, airlifting bags and other rescues material have, meanwhile, completed the work of rescue. Railway accidents happen across the world, but India must rank high on the list when it comes to statistics of fatalities derived in per billion passenger-kilometre terms.

In further developments related to the incident, an FIR has been registered against unknown persons, the police said on Sunday.

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He said the train was running at a speed of 106 kmph while the speed limit during track maintenance must be around 10-15kmph and train drivers must be warned about the work through signalling or proper warnings. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured action against all those responsible for the lapse. One of the coaches entered a school building.

Rescue team at the train derailment site in UP.

The Utkal Express derailment has claimed 23 lives so far. "He will also find out whether laid down rules were followed", he added.

The Indian Railways also runs schools, hospitals, police forces and building companies and employs a total of 1.3 million people, making it the seventh biggest employer in the world. The accident was so severe that some of the derailed coaches mounted on others.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath immediately spoke to the principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar and the District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar and asked them to ensure that the rescue missions at Khatauli are done promptly. Maintenance of tracks is done during operations by blocking them as per requirement, according to fixed time and schedule. "Red flags are also shown to trains in case there is a problem on the tracks", he said.

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