Rafiganj, Sept.12: Giving a new angle, Minister of
State for Railways Bangadru Dattatreya today said the coaches
of the Rajdhani Express that derailed had jumped tracks before
approaching the river bridge and felt the condition of the
bridge was in no way responsible for the disaster.
"There were no stress marks on the pillars of the bridge
even after several bogies derailed," he told newsmen here last
night at the site of the accident after reviewing relief
The ill fated coaches "derailed before they came onto the
bridge", Dattaterya said in comments apparently to counter the
view of the Bihar authorities that the "poor" condition of the
bridge could have led to the tragedy.
Suggesting that the bridge may not have been a factor in
the accident, the minister said there should be no concern
over the health of the structure.
"The pillars of the bridge were intact despite coming
under the impact of the derailed train. The condition of the
bridge should not be in question and there should not be any
concern on this score," he said.
A day after the accident on Monday night, railways and
the Bihar government were locked in a blame game on the
probable cause of the tragedy.
Because of the controversy, it was decided at a meeting
between Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and railway minister
Nitish Kumar in Delhi yesterday that there should be no
official comments on the accident till an inquiry commitee
completes its probe.