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Nanded train accident - Probe ordered, says Railway Minister

December 28, 2013 - Hyderabad

Minister for Railways Malikharjun Kharge said on Saturday that according to preliminary reports, short circuit might be the reason of fire in the compartment. Minister for State for Railways Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy said that the train accident is the most unfortunate one. He said that he had ordered a probe and directed them to take stringent action on those responsible. He said that technical problems may be a reason for the cause of the accident and they do not think of any sabotage in the incident, he said. He said that electrical short circuit may be the reason.

Timely action of driver arrested major loss

Ananthapur District Superintendent of Police S Senthil said to a news agency that "Timely action by the train driver and other railway employees ensured the fire did not spread to other bogies. The train driver and other railway staff, after learning about the fire (between 3.10 AM and 3.15 AM), immediately got the burning coach detached from the train and managed to contain the fire. He said that the driver got the train stopped near Kothacheruvu Railway Station and with other railway staff got the ill-fated bogie detached preventing further human as well property loss.

DGP Prasada Rao said that the massive relief and rescue operations were on and "Preliminary reports indicate that the cause of the fire was a short-circuit near the air-conditioning unit," the DGP said. "Since some of the bodies are charred beyond recognition, DNA testing will be done to identify the deceased. 26 passengers including two children were burnt alive. Forensic teams from Hyderabad have been rushed to the incident site to collect evidence and also DNA samples," he said.

Fourth in the last couple of years

The Saturday's Nanded-Bangalore express train blaze is the fourth in the last two years.

July 30, 2012: New Delhi-Chennai Superfast train that caught to fire in Nellore railway station in which 35 persons were killed and 25 were injured.

May 22, 2012: 25 passengers were killed and 40 injured when Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express rammed into a stationary goods train at Penukonda.

November 2, 2013: 8 passengers of the Bokaro Express who pulled the chain in the train to bring it to a halt and alighted and run over by another train on rumours of fire in Viziangaram.

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