Two days after a 12-year-old boy, Limka, was killed when an iron brake block broke off a speeding Rajdhani train and hit him at Old Faridabad station, the Delhi division of Northern Railways has constituted a high-level enquiry committee to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, the railways has completely washed its hands off any responsibility.
Even the hopes of the victim’s family of getting any compensation from the railways have turned bleak as the northern railways claim that the boy wasn’t a bona fide passenger of the railways and, therefore, no compensation could be provided to the family by the railways.
“The accident happened at 9.12pm on Tuesday and the ticket found on the body was issued at 9:32pm. So, either the boy along with his grandmother was trespassing the platforms or were about to travel without ticket. Somebody must have got that ticket for them after the accident so that the family could claim compensation,” said a railway officer.
“As per section 124A of the Railways Act, 1989, compensation is provided to the injured person or the family of dead who was travelling with a ticket or had a platform ticket,” the officer added.
According to the police, the victim, Limka, is survived by his grandmother and a mentally ill mother. The boy and his grandmother, originally from Indore, were to board a train from old Faridabad station to Palwal in Haryana. Ironically, victim’s grandmother didn’t have enough money to perform her grandson’s last rites. Officials at railway station collected money for Limka’s last rites.
The accident also puts light on the sheer negligence of railways in maintenance of trains as breaking off brake blocks is normal. “Such cases are not usual. There are 70 block brakes in a train and breaking off one doesn’t affect the running of the train. It could be a manufacturing defect in that brake block,” the officer said. On Thursday, a three-member team visited the old Faridabad station to collect the details.
Last year, three persons were injured when an iron block broke off a goods train near Ghaziabad.