Train mishap: Six railway staff suspended

New Delhi: In the wake of today's train mishap in Jharkhand that claimed five lives, six staff on duty at the time of the accident were suspended with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi making it clear that negligence in safety matters will not be tolerated.

He stressed that the basics of safety protocols should be strictly followed and that the staff be fully sensitised to the safety requirements in railway operations.

"The lethargy, negligence or carelessness in safety matters on the part of railway employees cannot be tolerated or allowed. Everybody has to remain ever vigilant and geared up to ensure safe travel," he told a general managers' conference here.

Concerned over recurring mishaps, he said, "Fault lines, if any, need to be identified and rectified".

The general managers' conference came in the backdrop of the mishap at Karonpurato station near Sahibganj in Jharkhand when a stationary goods train collided with the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail killing five persons. Nine people were also injured in the accident.

Trivedi said there have to be solutions to the problems which occur through intelligent decisions and brain storming sessions and called for maintaining accountability at all levels.

The six suspended staff included both the driver and assistant driver of the goods train involved in the accident R K Paswan and A K Singh, guard of the goods train Ajay Kumar, loco inspector of Sahibganj A N Yadav, on-duty assistant station master of Karonpurato station Aniruddh Kumar and portar Neeraj Kumar.