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Vasco Da Gama train derailment: Senior rail official suspended

Initial investigations suggests that a rail fracture led to the derailment.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2017 11:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Bystanders take photos of derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
Bystanders take photos of derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.(PTI Photo)
         

The Indian Railways on Tuesday suspended a senior section officer in-charge of tracks in connection with the November 24 derailment of the Vasco Da Gama Express which left three passengers dead.

Thirteen coaches of the Patna-bound passenger train had derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh.

“A permanent way inspector also called a senior section officer, Rajesh Verma, who was in-charge of Manikpur has been suspended over the incident pending investigation”, railway spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI.

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While the real reason behind the accident will be ascertained only after a probe by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, initial investigations suggested that a rail fracture led to the derailment.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 11:28 IST