Sirajganj train accident: Four rail staffers held

Sirajganj Correspondent
Published : 12:11, Nov 15, 2019 | Updated : 17:31, Nov 15, 2019

This file photo shows carriages of Rangpur Express train have derailed and caught fire in Ullapara of Sirajganj on Nov 14, 2019.The Government Railway Police (GRP) has detained four rail employees in connection with the derailment of Rangpur Express in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district.
Track worker Ariful Islam, mechanics Abdur Razzak and Mokbul Hossain were detained early on Friday (Nov 15), hours after the accident that injured at least 20 passengers. The identity of the other detainee could not be verified.
However, the GRP has not taken any action against the station master, who was in charge, or the loco master of the train.
Sirajganj GRP station OC Harun Majumder said: "They are being interrogated, not jailed."
Pakshi Western Rail Division Divisional Traffic Officer (DTO) Md Abdullah Al Mamun echoed.
On Thursday (Nov 14), a Rangpur Express train caught fire in Sirajganj’s Ullapara upazila injuring at least 20 passengers.
The Rangpur-bound train caught fire after its oil tanker burst following the derailment of the engine and seven carriages.
After the accident, rail links between Dhaka and the northern districts remained cut for nearly seven hours, leading to the collapse of the train schedule.

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