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Odisha train accident: TMC leader alleges Ashwini Vaishnaw of ‘criminal negligence’ for ignoring Railway official’s letter

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The controversy over the Odisha train accident refuses to die as new facts keep emerging. A day after the tragic train accident that killed 288 people and injured over 1000 passengers, reports in media claimed that a senior railway official had written a letter in February this year. Now, TMC leader Saket Gokhale has shared the letter of the copy and alleged criminal negligence on the part of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for ignoring the letter. However, the letter was not directly addressed to the Union Railways Minister, but to the Railway Ministry.

Nonetheless, the letter touches upon extremely important topics, especially given the deadly Odisha train accident. The letter shows how the official who identified himself as Hari Shankar Varma, tried to bring attention to issues with signalling and interlocking system in his letter.

“On 8th Feb, the driver of 12649 Sampark Kranti Express suddenly stopped the train near Hosadurga station after he noticed that interlocking track was set to “down line” while the train was supposed to be on “up line”. The driver immediately stopped the train. The letter says that if the driver had not shown presence of mind, Sampark Kranti Express would have CRASHED with a goods train which was coming from the opposite direction,” added Gokhale, taking cue from the letter.

Gokhale also tagged the Railway Minister and questioned him about the ignorance.


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