Mittal, a secretary level officer, is the senior-most functionary to be sent on leave in the wake of the accident, said a Railway official, describing it as an "unprecedented move".
Rizwan and his fellow photographers, who run their photo studio in Jagat colony where the coaches of Utkal express derailed on Saturday, were preparing for a meeting on World Photography Day when they heard a deafening sound.
Chief track engineer, Northern Railway, was transferred too. According to reports, the train was scheduled to travel to Bihar's Kishanganj, carrying soil for the flood-affected region.
The worst accident occurred on November 20, 2016, when an express train from the central state of Madhya Pradesh to the eastern state of Bihar's capital Patna derailed near Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh, claiming the lives of 150 people and injuring a similar number.
As the death toll mounted from the recent railway tragedy, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu called for a probe into the matter to identify the reason behind the derailment of the Utkal Express. "We will rescue stranded people ASAP", he said.
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The Northern Railways further stated, "The general public is invited to tender evidence at the inquiry and also send information relating to the accident to the Commissioner of Railway Safety". He tweeted, "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. It was running at a speed of about 100 kmph when the accident took place", said Delhi Division DRM, R N Singh. Haridwar railway station has also set up a helpline number.
Jamshed said that eight coaches of the derailed have so far been put on the track and the other five will be "rerailed" by tonight. Unless safety is made an absolute priority at the human and technological levels, Indian Railways can't ensure passenger safety.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condemned the incident and assured complete treatment to those injured. In all these cases, Railways said that it suspected sabotage. "People are demanding basic facilities and a safe rail network".
An initial report will be submitted to the ministry by this evening, he said. "The tracks were left unrepaired.no sign was put up at the tracks to warn the train driver about the fix work, " the gate-man was heard saying. But drivers are informed of the maintenance by putting red signals or flags on the track.