Award for Rajdhani Express crew

 Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a special award for the crew of Delhi-bound Bhubaneswar Rajdhani express for saving the lives of passengers after a Maoist-triggered blast derailed the train near Gaya last night.

No loss of life or property was reported in the accident.
The Minister announced a prize of Rs 30,000 each to loco driver R K Singh and co-pilot A K Khalku and Rs 20,000 each to train superintendent A C Ojha and guard R Minj.
"They were awarded for displaying utmost devotion to their duty even in the face of adverse situations," said Railway officials.

While the alert drivers prevented a major mishap from taking place, the other crew members ensured that the passengers do not panic as it would have aggravated the situation.

"The train crew helped in reducing the damage to the train and injuries to the passengers. The superintendent had advised passengers that help would be immediately made available and prevented a panic like situation from unfolding," sources said.
The train superintendent also organised for 462 passengers to be taken on a special relief train, they added.

The drivers followed the instructions after an alert was issued in view of the 48 hour bandh call given by the Maoists and kept the speed within control at 75 kmph.
They also spotted a red flag along the track which raised their suspicion and they applied emergency brakes soon after, they said. PTI ARU SGI RT 03231618

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