Hyderabad: The derailment of the the Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train early morning of Friday near Bhalki station in Karnataka was due to sabotage and a high-level inquiry has been ordered, the South Central Railways (SCR) has said. Three coaches of the passenger train were derailed around 1:50 am between Kalgupur and Bhalki railway stations on Parli-Vikarabad section of Secunderabad division. Nobody was reported injured in the accident.
Officials who rushed to the accident spot found several clues which pointed to sabotage. “At the spot of derailment, the switch expansion joint, plate screws, nuts and brackets of the track were found open, but without any damage marks”, an official statement from SCR said on Friday afternoon.
Acting upon the suspected conditions at the spot, the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Karnataka Police launched an investigation with the help of a canine squad. “After clearance from the police, restoration work will be finished on war footing to bring train services in the section back to normal,” the SCR statement said.
The SCR General Manager, Vinod Kumar Yadav ordered a high level inquiry by a committee comprising of Chief Transportation Manager, Chief Motive Power Engineer, Chief Safety Officer, Chief Security Commissioner and Chief Track Engineer of the South Central Railways.
Yadav rushed to the spot from Secunderabad to monitor relief measures and supervise the restoration work for bringing back normalcy to train operations. The GM was accompanied by other senior officials from the headquarters and Secunderabad division.
Over 500 passengers travelling by the train were sent to Kalgupur, from where special buses were arranged to transport them to Bidar. Their further travel towards Hyderabad was arranged by the Bidar-Hyderabad Intercity Express. Catering arrangements were made to serve the needs of stranded passengers. Railway Protection Force was deputed to take care of the security of passengers and their baggage, while other staff took care of their comfort and convenience, the SCR statement said.
Helpline numbers were immediately activated at major railway stations, including Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Parli, Bidar, Bhalki and Vikarabad, for calls regarding the derailment and train movements.