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Suspension for two over bridge collapse

The railway administration on Wednesday suspended the loco pilot of the Amrapali Express and his assistant for the collapse of a foot overbridge at Samastipur junction.

On Monday, a portion of the foot overbridge at the railway station (under East Central Railway) had collapsed on the Katihar-bound train.

Samastipur divisional railway manager Arun Malik also set up a four-member committee on Wednesday to inquire into the collapse. The panel would submit its report to the East Central Railway (ECR) general manager within a week.

For now, the railway administration has suspended R.H. Raju, who drives the engine to the yard, and shunt man (who assists the driver of the shunting engine) Meena. According to preliminary observations, the engine had hit one of the coaches of the Amrapali Express around 7.45pm at Samastipur railway junction, about 100km northeast of Patna.

A coach had derailed and collided into one of the columns of the foot overbridge that collapsed.

Senior divisional commercial manager, Samastipur railway division, MAI Humayun said: “Raju and Meena have been suspended by the department but it is a temporary action. Proper action would be taken after the inquiry report comes. We have not estimated the loss incurred by the railways. We expect the report in a day or two.”

The committee that would conduct the probe includes chief safety officer K. Mukhopadhyay. The members would inquire into the reasons behind the accident and submit the report to ECR’s general manager Madhuresh Kumar after which the action would be taken against people found guilty.

Madhuresh Kumar had directed Samastipur divisional railway manager Malik to set up a committee to probe into the collapse.

Humayun told The Telegraph: “A four-member committee has been set up. The team would start the inquiry on Thursday.”