At least 20 people have been killed and over 200 injured in Saturday’s train tragedy in Uttar Pradesh’ Muzaffarnagar. Among the dead was Alok Sarkar, a 48-year-old railway employee working with Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Office in Delhi.
The Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express was always the preferred choice for Mr Sarkar. On Saturday, he had boarded the ill-fated train for Muzaffarnagar – the journey turned out to be his last.
“Never thought, this would be his last journey,” Mr Sarkar’s elder brother told news agency PTI as he struggled to come to terms with the loss that last evening’s derailment has afflicted on the
Mr Sarkar body was taken to Delhi for cremation today.
Thirteen coaches of the train went off the tracks around 5:45 pm in Khatauli, about 100 kms from the national capital, New Delhi. One of the coaches crashed into a house by the tracks.
At least 22 people were killed and over 200 injured in the derailment. “We have identified about 12 bodies and their post-mortem have been conducted,” said Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal.