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Accident not because of negligence: CR

Three train commuters were killed and 20 others injured on Thursday after they got hit by the maintenance post of a traffic signal as their trains went speeding by and they were hanging out of over-crowded trains.

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2012 01:45 IST
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Three train commuters were killed and 20 others injured on Thursday after they got hit by the maintenance post of a traffic signal as their trains went speeding by and they were hanging out of over-crowded trains.

The incident took place around 9 am between Mulund and Nahur railway stations after the maintenance post screwed to the ladder of the signal post came unhinged and started leaning onto the track used by CST-bound fast local trains.

While the Kurla government railway police (GRP) have registered a case of negligence against the authorities responsible for the maintenance of the signal post, the Central Railway claimed the accident was not because of their negligence.

“It appears that this unfortunate incident is a result of extreme over-crowding. There is no negligence by the railway. None of the norms regarding fixed structures on the tracks have been violated,” said Vidhyadhar Malegaokar, CPRO of Central Railways.

However, the GRP officials said that had the maintenance post been screwed properly, the accident would not have taken place. “We have registered a case under sections 304A (causing death due to negligence), 337 (causing hurt), 338 (causing grievous hurt) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code against those responsible for the maintenance of the signal post and its adjoining ladder. Our investigation is in progress,” said S Dhumal, senior inspector, Kurla GRP.

The incident took place as the post started leaning on to the track and three fast CST-bound locals passed on the track. “The trains were very crowded and at least 23 men from various compartments who were hanging outside got hit by the maintenance post and they fell off the trains,” a GRP official said, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The station master at Bhandup station was alerted and the inured were rushed to various hospitals in the vicinity. While three men were declared dead on arrival, 20 others have been admitted and are being treated at various hospitals.

The deceased were all in their 20s and have been identified as Pratik Dheeraj Chheda, 24, a resident of Dombivli; Jiten Suresh Vara, 29, a resident of Kalwa; and Ganeshkumar Yadav, 20, a resident of Mulund.

The CR has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased passengers. It will hand out an ex-gratia of Rs 500 for those with simple injuries and Rs 5,000 to grievously injured commuters as well as bear their hospitalisation expenses.