Railway gangman killed in Hubli-Miraj train accident
A day after the Hubli-Miraj passenger train derailed at Karikatti village near Tummurguddi hillock between Sulebhavi and Suldhal railway stations in the district, rescue workers early on Tuesday morning, helped retrieve the body of a railway gangman who had been killed in the mishap.
Sources said Hemant Parashuram Kupannavar, 35, a resident of Budihal village in Gokak taluk, was boarding the locomotive when the train derailed.
His body was found in a drain, metres away from the accident site.
About 30 passengers who were injured in the derailment have been admitted to hospitals in the district.
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa visited the spot on Tuesday and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next kin of the deceased and a job in the department.
Agriculture and district In-Charge Minister Umesh Katti said that the Karnataka government was considering giving Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the closest relative of Kupannavar. “The injured will be provided free treatment,” the minister said.
Member of Parliament Suresh Angadi, legislator Feroz Sait, Railway Users Committee president Mahendra Singhvi, Deputy Commissioner V Anbukumar, South Western Railway Deputy Regional Manager Rahul Jain and Railway Chief Commercial Manager Sanjib Haldar visited the spot.Train services on the route resumed at 3 pm on Tuesday.
Muniyappa said that the Railways had agreed to lay a direct line between Belgaum and Dharwad. He said the proposal had been sent to the Planning Commission for approval.
Muniyappa made the announcement as he flagged off the inaugural special train between Yeshwantpur and Miraj, a tri-weekly express, here on Tuesday.