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16 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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probe reports on sirajganj,b’baria train accidents

Derailment in Ullapara for faulty tracks

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The derailment of the Rangpur Express at Sirajganj’s Ullapara was caused by a problem in the rail tracks, said the chief of one of the probe panels formed to investigate the incident. The investigative officer, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, who is also Western Rail's Pakshi Division's divisional traffic officer (DTO), said, “During primary investigations, no problems were found in the signals. It seems that the accident occurred due to a problem in the rail tracks.”

Meanwhile, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has detained four railway employees in connection with the incident. Track worker Ariful Islam, and mechanics Abdur Razzak and Mokbul Hossain were detained early yesterday, hours after the accident that injured at least 20 passengers. The identity of the fourth detainee could not be verified.

However, the GRP has not taken any action against the station master or the loco master of the train.

“Four employees of the Local Public Works Department (PWD), who are also railway employees, were brought to Sirajganj GRP station for interrogation,” DTO Mamun said.

Mamun was made the head of the five-member probe committee formed by Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office in Pakshi.

A new probe committee was formed to investigate into the incident. Mamun confirmed the matter and said: “A five-member probe committee has been formed by the Ministry of Railways, under the leadership of additional secretary Md Faruk-uz Zaman.”

Earlier, on Thursday, three other probe committees were formed by the Sirajganj district administration and Western Rail’s Rajshahi and Pakshi divisions.

Full-fledged rail services between Dhaka and the northern and southern districts are yet to be restored due to ongoing repair of the railway tracks damaged in the accident.

Train movement on the route resumed partially on Thursday night after rail link between Dhaka and the northern districts remained cut for nearly seven hours, collapsing the schedule of trains on these routes.

Railway authorities have decided to run the services partially keeping in mind the public’s sufferings, said Al Shattah Masudur Rahman, chief engineer of Bangladesh Railway (West Zone).

Broad-gauge trains are plying through alternative routes but metre-gauge intercity trains—Rangpur Express, Lalmoni Express and Kurigram Express—cannot ply due to damaged lines.

Masudur said, “We don’t know how much time it (repair work) will take. We are trying our best to complete the work as soon as possible”.

Earlier, on Thursday, the Rangpur Express had caught fire in Sirajganj’s Ullapara upazila injuring at least 20 passengers. The Rangpur-bound train caught fire after its oil tank burst following the derailment of the engine and seven carriages.

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