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Rail minister: Negligent individuals will be punished

  • Published at 02:59 pm June 26th, 2019
Railways Minister Advocate Nurul Islam Sujan
File photo of Railways Minister Advocate Nurul Islam Sujan Collected

He stated this while visiting victims of the recent rail crash in Sylhet

Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, on Wednesday, said that if investigation into the Kulaura accident find anyone guilty of negligence, then, strict action will be taken against the people responsible.

He remarked thiswhile talking to reporters after visiting victims of the derailment  at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.

Five people were killed—and 67 people were injured—when six coaches of a Dhaka-bound Upaban Express train from Sylhet derailed, at Baramchal in Kulaura upazila on Sunday.

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Minister Sujan said Tk1 lakh compensation will be provided to the family of each individual killed in the accident, while those injured will receive Tk10,000 each.

He said the government is planning to upgrade the railways—from Akhaura to Sylhet on the Dhaka-Sylhet route—to dual gauge. A project worth Tk16.14 lakh was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).

Replying to a question about allegations of negligence in Sunday night’s accident, the minister said a three-member probe committee was formed to look into the matter.

"Strict action will be taken against anyone found to be negligent," the minister said.