Utkal Express derailment: Congress slams Modi govt, claims 259 deaths have occured due to rail accidents since 2014

Congress slammed the Narendra Modi government over the railway's security record, noting that ever since it came to power in 2014, 259 passengers have died

IANS August 19, 2017 22:45:20 IST
Utkal Express derailment: Congress slams Modi govt, claims 259 deaths have occured due to rail accidents since 2014

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government over the railway's security record, noting that ever since it came to power in 2014, 259 passengers have died and 899 were injured in 27 rail accidents.

Utkal Express derailment Congress slams Modi govt claims 259 deaths have occured due to rail accidents since 2014

File image of derailed coaches of Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. PTI

"Since Modi Govt took over in May 2014, 259 passengers have lost their lives and 899 injured in 27 train accidents. When will Govt wake up?" Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

"Heartfelt condolences to families of victims of Utkal Express. Railway safety under a serious cloud as innocents suffer."

Surjewala later told the media that no amount of compensation or money can bring back lives.

"The important question is how are you going to take steps to prevent accidents. What are the measures the government is taking so that accidents do not happen and adequate safety measure were taken," he said.

At least 13 people were killed and scores injured in a major derailment when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.

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