Railway officials, including senior officers of Northern Zone who were sent
on leave or suspended after the derailment of Utkal Express near Muzzafarnagar
in Uttar Pradesh last month have rejoined work on September 19. The lower level
officials including gangmen alone will be tried for negligence which resulted
in the accident and caused loss of lives.
The railway administration, however maintained that the senior officers
were not directly responsible for the accident, according to inquiry conducted
by commissioner of railways safety (CRS).
The mishap, caused due to negligence of railways staff on August 19, killed
23 people and left several passengers injured.
Northern Railways general manager R K Kulshrestha and divisional railway
manager (Delhi division) R N Singh, who were sent on leave in wake of the
accident, are back at work. Sources said the senior officials will never be
directly responsible for the accidents since the gangmen and lower level
functionaries are out on the field.
The move came after preliminary findings of CRS, which was probing the
accident, fixed primary responsibility on some lower level officers and
employees who have not been exonerated and are still facing strict action, said
The suspensions of Senior Divisional Engineer and Assistant Engineer of
Delhi division were revoked after issuance of a minor charge sheet.
A Senior section engineer and a Junior engineer remained suspended while 13
employees, including a junior engineer and 11 gangmen, who were removed from
service for "dereliction of duty", have failed to get any relief.
Member (Engineering), Railway Board, a Secretary level officer, A K Mittal
had already joined duty on August 30, a day before his retirement to ensure
there is no break in service for him.
Having established negligence to be the cause of the derailment on August
19, the railways cracked the whip sending some top officials on leave and
suspending others. The then railway minister Suresh Prabhu had also offered to
resign after another derailment, claiming moral responsibility for the mishaps.
While the minister has moved to another assignment, the top officials have
usual in case of any railway accident, the lower level officials will bear the
brunt for negligence which caused the derailment and loss of lives.