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Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derails near Kanpur, 13 injured

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At least 13 people were injured on Saturday after 12 coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur, railway officials said.

Coaches of the train travelling from Prayagraj to New Delhi derailed at about 1 a.m near Rooma industrial estate, about 15 km from Kanpur. The coaches have been severely damaged, although there were no reports of any casualty.

About 15 ambulances were rushed to the site of the accident to take injured passengers to the hospital. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot.
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The passengers said that they heard a loud explosion before they were thrown off their seats.

Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told the media that a relief train with medical equipment had also reached the site.

“No casualties, no serious injuries. All the passengers have been evacuated. An Accident Relief Train (ART) and Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) were dispatched to the accident site. The main route has been impacted due to the derailment.”
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Kanpur District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant said: “Rescue operation is underway. No casualties have been reported till now. Buses are being arranged to take passengers to Kanpur railway station from where a train will take them onward to Delhi.”

At least 12 trains were cancelled and five others diverted via Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Lucknow-Kanpur route, railway officials said.

Restoration work of the track would be completed by 4 p.m., the officials added.

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IAF officer to face homicide charge for shooting down Mi-17 chopper

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New Delhi: The officer held responsible for the accidental shooting down of a military helicopter at the height of India-Pakistan tension in February will be charged by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder along with three others, according to reports.

The IAF is yet to officially acknowledge reasons for the Mi-17 helicopter’s crash on February 27, the day Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets attempted to cross the Line of Control (LoC). But reports suggest that it was shot down in a friendly fire by IAF’s own air defence missile.

 

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The Court of Inquiry into the incident killing all six onboard is yet to be completed.

The IAF maintains that the investigation was still going on but multiple reports indicate that there was a lapse in following the Standard Operating Procedures.

 

IAF Pilot to face homicide charge for shooting down of military helicopter:

 

A report said that the officer commanding the Srinagar air base, where the crash took place, has been removed.

 

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The officer who was presiding over operations will face charges of culpable homicide, a criminal offence, according to another report.

The incident had occurred in Jammu and Kashmir in the melee when IAF jets had engaged intruding PAF fighters over the LoC a day after air strike on terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

 

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