5 yrs on, parents still await justice

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New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) The Delhi High Court yesterday, directed the Delhi Police to file a reply on the criminal writ petition filed by the father of a young boy, who died along with his three friends when their car was hit by a train passing through an unmanned railway crossing at Nangloi Five years ago.

The police have not registered any criminal case against the railway authorities till yet.

Lawyer Amit Khemka has filed a criminal writ petition in the High Court seeking to issue directions to the Delhi Police to register a case of criminal misconduct against the authorities of Northern Railway, who had left a railway crossing unmanned at Nangloi(West Delhi) due to which four young boys in their twenties lost their lives.

Mr Inderjit Verma, father of a deceased boy-- Yogesh Verma-- had even approached the Comissioner of Police as well as the Railway Police to register a criminal case against the Railway officials, whose sheer negligence cost the four youth their lives, but no action had been taken so far.

'' The Comissioner only had sympathies to offer, but no action,'' Mr Verma rued.

The incident occurred on the intervening night of September 26-27 , 2003, when the foursome were travelling in their newly bought Indica and crushed down by the Ganga Jamuna Express train at the unmanned railway crossing at Nangloi at 0030 hrs.

Mr Khemka told the Court that the Crossing had no gate , no barrier, no light, no alarm or any other sign board to caution the passerby about the railway crossing.

The railway crossing is situated at a busy crossing in a congested locality in a way that the track's visibility is almost nil for the coming vehicles at night, as there are so many turns and bushes in between the road and the track.

The accident took place at phatak no 14 C, which is located at Nangloi-Mundka area with Prem Nagar on one side of the gate and Swarn Park on the other side. Though a large number of trains pass through the gate day-and-night, no control barrier was put up there by the Authorities.

'' More than 25 people had died here at the crossing earlier but the railway authorities were not sensitive to the issue and showed complete disregard for public safety by leaving the gate unmanned,'' Mr Khemka said.

Meanwhile, Ms Mukta Gupta, Lawyer for the Delhi Police told the court that there was no fault of railway authorities, infact it was the fault of the passengers who were not watchful and rammed into the running train.

However, Mr Khemka termed it as a case of blatant negligence and said it was regrettable that after five years the police had not bothered to file an FIR against Northern railways.

Mr Khemka has requested the High Court to issue a writ of mandamus directing the Delhi police to do their public duty and register a criminal case against the officials of railway adminstration, who were responsible for the fatal accident Earlier, the Delhi High Court had directed the Delhi Police to investigate the cause of accident but the Police gave a clean chit to the railway authorities and no case had been registered against them till now.


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