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New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 23, 2017, offered to quit after back-to-back train accidents in the last three days. Prabhu met PM Narendra Modi and took full moral responsibility for the derailments. The PM asked him to wait.

“I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish. I met the Hon’ble Prime Minister taking full moral responsibility. Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait. In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways. Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment & milestones. New India envisioned by PM deserves a Rlys which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now,” Prabhu wrote in a series of tweets.

Seventyfour passengers were injured as nine bogies of the Kafiyat Express derailed in UP’s Auraiya district at 2.50 am on August 23 after dashing against a dumper carrying construction material for railway work. The railways, however, claimed only 25 persons were injured in the incident and that the dumper did not belong to them. The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with the dumper between Pata and Achhalda railway stations. On August 19, 2017, 23 persons had in a train accident at Khatauli in UP.

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