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Odisha train tragedy: Railways appeals for identification of the deceased; issues weblinks

Odisha train tragedy: With the support of Odisha government, links of photos of deceased, those admitted to hospitals and unidentified bodies were made available for their kin.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Balasore Updated on: June 05, 2023 20:16 IST
Railways starts initiative to locate kin of unidentified
Image Source : PTI Railways starts initiative to locate kin of unidentified bodies

Odisha train tragedy: Railways with the support of Odisha government released weblinks of pictured of unidentified deceased to locate their kin. Railways issued the weblink in order to facilitate the families of those who are still unaware about whereabout of their relatives in the train accident in Balasore, Odisha. 

One can locate using the link of photos of deceased, lists of passengers admitted in different hospitals and also about unidentified bodies using these following details-

Link of Photos of the deceased in Tragic Bahanaga Rail Accident in Odisha: https://srcodisha.nic.in/Photos%20Of%20Deceased%20with%20Disclaimer.pdf

Link of Lists-of-Passengers-Undergoing-Treatment-in-Different-Hospitals: https://www.bmc.gov.in/train-accident/download/Lists-of-Passengers-Under

Link of Unidentified persons under treatment at SCB Cuttack: https://www.bmc.gov.in/train-accident/download/Un-identified-person-unde

Railway Helpline number 139 is working round the clock for connecting the families/ relatives of passengers affected in this rail accident. Helpline 139 is being manned by Senior officials of Railways. Also, BMC Helpline Number 18003450061/1929 is also working 24x7. Municipal Commissioner office, Bhubaneswar, has established a control room, from where, with vehicles, people will be directed to either hospital or mortuary as the case may be. Officials have been deployed to facilitate. 

Commissioner of Railway Safety records statements of injured drivers

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Monday recorded the statements of injured engine driver Gunanidhi Mohanty and his assistant Hajari Behera, who are undergoing treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar, officials said. Both were rescued from the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express that derailed near Bahanaga Bazar Station on June 2 that had claimed 275 lives and left around 1,200 injured.

“Both the drivers are stable. While Mohanty was taken out of the ICU on Monday, Behera is awaiting a head surgery,” South Eastern Railway (SER) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Aditya Choudhury told PTI.

Families of both the drivers have appealed to all for privacy and allow them to recover physically and mentally. They claimed that the drivers could not be blamed for the mishap as they operated the locomotive according to rules. Earlier, the Railway Ministry had apparently given clean chit to both of them. The Commissioner Railway Safety, SER Circle, which began its inquiry into the accident on Monday, has recorded the statements of both of them, Choudhury said.

Sources said that an FIR was registered at the Government Railway Police Station (GRPS), Balasore, under sections of the Railway Act on June 3. On Sunday the Railway Board had recommended a CBI probe into the Balasore train accident.

Around 51 hours after the triple train crash and barely five hours after the damaged tracks were restored, a coal-laden goods train from Vizag port to Rourkela Steel Plant became the first to run on the route around 10.40 pm on Sunday night. The first high-speed passenger train - Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express - passed through Balasore on Monday morning through the same tracks, officials said.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was present at the accident site and waved to the drivers when the train passed through, the officials said. 

Three trains— Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a goods train — were involved in the pile-up on Friday, now being described as one of India’s worst train accidents.

The Coromandel Express rammed into a stationary goods train and many of its carriages overturned including some onto another train - the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express which was also passing by at the same time on Friday. Investigators are looking into possible human error, signal failure and other possible causes behind the three-train crash.

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