Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag posted an emotional tweet on Twitter after 12 coaches of the Kaifiyat Express derailed on August 23 morning in Auraiya district in Uttar Pradesh. This is the second such accident in Uttar Pradesh in five days. At least 74 persons were injured in the incident which took place when the New Delhi-bound train from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh hit a dumper which had overturned on the rail tracks between Achalda and Pata stations around 2.40 a.m. Virender Sehwag in his emotional tweet targeted the railway officials and questions the lack of accountability.
Besides the engine, 12 coaches of the train ran off the tracks including five air-conditioned coaches, two sleeper coaches, four general class coaches and a Seating-cum-Luggage Rake. One of the coaches overturned because of the impact of the crash.
This is the second train accident in Uttar Pradesh since 14 coaches of Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday evening, leaving 22 dead and over 150 injured.
Being on time was difficult enough,now trains struggling even to be on track.No accountability.Wish human lives valued more#KaifiyatExpress
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 23, 2017
On Wednesday, the government replaced Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal with Air India chief Ashwani Lohani.
Simultaneously, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu accepted “moral responsibility” for the Saturday accident and deaths and offered to resign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to “wait”.