HM-Rajnath, sends Disaster Response Teams for Rescue Operations ||Railway Minister Promises ‘Strictest’ Action || Entire Country stands in solidarity: Sonia Gandhi
A News Coverage with Deep Solidarities by:
Harbans S Nagokay.
Jammu, November 20
Indian Railways is the world’s fourth largest network, ferrying more than 20 million each day. Unfortunately, between late mid-night and early morning just about after 3 AM, of this weekend’s Sunday, when majority of people were in their deep-sleep, around or above 120-125feared killed and more than 200 +wounded (above 75 serious) after the Indore-Patna Express train jumped the tracks near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, wrecking most of the coaches.
Near, fourteen coaches of the train travelling with more; than 500 passengers rolled off track a little after 3 am in Pukhrayan, 100 km from Kanpur, when most passengers were sleeping. Visuals coming out showed the coaches smashed up against each other and rescue workers trying to cut through crumpled metal to pull out trapped passengers. Witnesses spoke of being woken up by a huge bang and being thrown around. “We woke up to a great thud. It was pitch dark and the noise was deafening,” a passenger told reporters. “I am lucky to be alive and safe. But it was a near death like experience for us.” More bodies were pulled out from the two coaches that fell on the side, said Daljeet Singh Choudhary, a senior police officer.
Then, it is also feared that the number of deaths will rise because rescuers have not been able to access one of the coaches. This is an another train accident in Uttar Pradesh in March last year left 39 dead and injured 150.
Mutually, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister, spoke to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday morning, has instructed NDRF chief OP Singh to provide all assistance to the Railways and the Uttar Pradesh government in relief and rescue operations. And, all are closely monitoring the situation.Three NDRF teams have been rushed from Varanasi and Lucknow to the site of the accident to help with rescue operations. There are 45 personnel in each team. Teams of doctors too are at the spot. All hospitals in the area have been alerted and 30 ambulances were deployed to transport the injured. Hundreds of policemen with local volunteers from civil societies are also present on-spot for providing essential assistances.
Acting swiftly; Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said(tweeted) he was “anguished beyond words”, also announced Rs. 2 lakh for the families of the dead and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.The Uttar Pradesh government has also announced Rs. 5 lakh for the dead.
The intensity of accident could be abstracted from the statements of survivors or eyewitnesses on spot as one, DeepikaTripathi, travelling on the Indore-Patna Express train with around 45 relatives, had slept just hours ago. She jerked awake to a bang and felt everything tumbling around her in pitch dark. Moments later, she realized that her coach was partly in the air.”I somehow climbed out of the coach and realized what happened. We can’t find five of our relatives,” Deepika told reporters, waiting by the crashed train with her parents, who were in a different coach and survived.14 coaches were thrown off track when the speeding train derailed in western Uttar Pradesh, killing about-or-above, 120+ passengers in their sleep and about 200 injured, till last reports came. Then, the number of dead is expected to rise as some coaches haven’t been accessed and chances of survival in the most damaged coaches were dimming with time.
On other side, standing-inquickly, the Income Tax department has issued hundreds of notices seeking “source” of funds from individuals and firms who have deposited huge amounts of cash in banks using the scrapped Rs.500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes after November 8.Officials said the taxman has begun a country-wide enquiry in this regard and has issued notices under section 133 (6) of the Income Tax Act (power to call for information) in various cities and towns of the country.They said the notices were issued after banks reported to it certain cases of “unusual or suspicious volumes of cash deposits” in their accounts, primarily beyond Rs. 2.5 lakh.
Nevertheless, everyone praying with those injured in the tragic train accident also found desirous of ‘Swift-Actions’ by our rescue and responder’s teams in an identical manner the ITdepartment shown its energy after currency ban. The IT department has also recently issued notices to hundreds of charitable and religious organisations in the country enjoying exemptions on tax paid to inform it about their cash balances as of November 8 when the government demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes.The notices were issued in order to keep a check on possible “accommodation” of black money in old currency by way of making charitable contributions or donations to these organisations.
At the end, when ‘JK News Point’ talked to few academics and intelligentsias from civil society at Jammu, one Sh. H C Vaid, a retired educator, administrator and social activist carrying above 40 years of experience in teaching and allied activities, quite in detail told that “Every country faces natural calamities else accidents / fates in one form or the other. The US frequently faces tornadoes; Japan is by nature earthquake prone, Indonesia and Malaysia being coastal regions, face threats from the sea, etc. India has had her share of natural disasters in the past. The question is, how prepared are we to face these disasters, and how well can we recover from them.
And, from our Governments, we just expect that they should seriously look into all such matters and try to find out the unsurpassed keys and answers to few questions like: What best can be done? As with time, the population swelled, and more and more people had to subsist on the limited resources. Possibly this has resulted in more natural disasters like earthquakes, and tsunamis. However, our technology is not sufficiently advanced to protect our citizens from the wrath of nature or accidents. Since, ‘The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)’ has admitted that our country is not equipped to deal with natural calamities. And, last but not least, a surgical strike is otherwise solicited on all lethargic officials or Govt. employees those fail to implement the policies and arrangements together side, proper censors and precautions should be set up in all disaster prone areas in the country. The government should pay close heed to the warnings issued by the experts, and immediately take necessary precautions, such as evacuations. In the event of a disaster, the army should be dispatched at the start, in order to restore some order, and prevent further loss of life.