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Lalu issues statement on Bhagalpur mishap

BJP MP Shahnawaz Hussain is demanding Lalu's resignation instead of the latter blaming Rly officials for the tragedy, reports HS Bartwal.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 20:58 IST
HS Bartwal

Railway Minister Lalu Yadav on Monday informed the Lok Sabha that three engineers had been suspended and a contractor blacklisted in connection with the Bhagalpur train accident.

In a suo motu statement in the House, the minister said the station manager of Bhagalpur had lodged an FIR for criminal proceedings with the local GRP police station against the deputy chief engineer (construction), his assistant engineer and a junior engineer.

Orders had also been issued to blacklist Bijoy Kumar Enterprises, the contractor who was carrying out work on the 100-year-old overbridge that collapsed over the Howrah-Jamalpur Express killing 35 passengers.

Yadav also announced that the next of kin of each of the deceased would be granted Rs five lakh as ex-gratia, Rs one lakh for those who were grievously injured and Rs 25,000 for each case of simple injury.

After the minister had made his statement, BJP MP from Bhagalpur Syed Shahnawaz Hussain demanded that he should resign instead of putting the blame on railway officials and a contractor for the tragedy.

The recently-elected MP claimed that many lives could have been saved if the Railway Minister had arrived at the accident site earlier than he did to oversee the rescue and relief operations.

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 20:58 IST