New Delhi: After the Sunday's derailment of Delhi-bound Kalka Mail which claimed 68 lives, the Railway officials were busy evaluating the case of the accident. The officials already in a baffled state of mind have refused to accept that only emergency brakes have caused the accident.

Senior officials of the Railway Board are of the view that, “The purpose of the emergency brakes are to stop the train in an unforeseen situation. Then how can such a massive accident take place when the emergency brakes were applied.” Not only this, but a train which was running with a speed of 108 km cannot meet with such an accident, they added.

As a result, the Railway Board authorities opine that a mechanical fault in the engine or one of the coaches could have triggered the mishap. “It is quite possible that after the emergency brakes were applied, there must have been some glitches in the boogies which may have caused the accident,” claimed the authorities.

The report of Kalka Mail’s rolling stock has never been satisfactory. More than often old engines and bogies are used in the train. The repeated requests of passengers in this regard were overlooked by the Railway authorities. Ironically, for both sides of the journey on the long Howrah to Kalka route same engine was used in the train. It has also been revealed that the engine of this train has not been examined for a long period of time.

JPN/ Bureau