At least four passengers were killed and dozens of others were injured when all the 23 coaches of the Anand Vihar-Kamakhya North East Express derailed near the Raghunathpur station in Buxur district late Wednesday evening, causing grief to many families just ahead of the Durga Puja festivities. Quite many passengers were returning to join the puja celebrations at home with their family members.
Delhi-Kamakhya North East Express Accident: 21 Coaches of the Express Train Derail in Bihar’s Buxar
Blaming the Centre for the train accidents taking place at repeated intervals, JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan aka Lalan Singh questioned the PM’s move to flag off only the Vande Bharat Express trains, rather than improving the system in the Indian railways to put a check on such train disasters.
“Train mishaps are taking place at regular intervals, but our PM is only busy flagging off Vande Bhart Express trains. Very recently, a deadly train disaster took place in neighbouring Odisha too, but no lesson was learnt,” Singh said interacting with the media late Thursday evening.
Alleging the PM was rather busy praising himself, the JD(U) president also questioned the Centre’s move to privatise railways which, he said, is now proving costlier. “What can you expect when the Centre has gone on privatizing railways?” he asked.
Prior to him, chief minister Nitish Kumar had expressed concern over the train accidents, suggesting the Centre should pay serious attention to it.
“While I served as a railway minister in the late AB Vajpayee government, several steps were taken to improve the system. The result was that the number of train accidents drastically came down,” Nitish told the media, advising the Modi government to pay attention to the issue. “It’s their job to pay attention,” he added.
Deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also took a dig at the Centre over the train accidents. “After the massive train accident in Odisha, a number of loopholes surfaced in public domain but those would be suppressed by the ruling BJP at the Centre. Under Modi’s regime, nothing is impossible…‘Modiji hain to mumkin hai,” Yadav taunted, talking to the media after returning from Kerala on Thursday evening.
The BJP hit out at the ruling coalition in the state for what it described as “doing politics over train mishap”. “Any accident is tragic but sadly CM is doing politics over the train mishap,” state BJP president Samrat Choudhary alleged. “First, the CM expressed his grief some 12 hours later and now he is issuing advice,” he said.