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Drunken executive leaves car on Kalka Express tracks.

HIGH ON alcohol, a senior executive of a real estate company endangered the lives of hundreds of passengers of a super- fast train when he left his car on the railway tracks on Wednesday morning.

The New Delhi- bound Kalka Express rammed his abandoned Honda City in the Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad and dragged it for more than a km around 1.30 am.

Sources said Anadi Mishra, an assistant general manager with the Parsvnath Group of Companies, reached the crossing near Karkar Model locality around 1 am and intimidated the railway gateman to open it.

" He was heavily drunk. When the gatekeeper refused to open the gate, Mishra abused and intimidated him. But the gateman stood his ground. So he turned his vehicle and rode towards Radha Kunj colony ( a few hundred metres from the crossing). There's an unmanned gate there and without waiting he attempted to cross the tracks," Jagpal Singh, a witness, said.

He accelerated his car towards the tracks, but it got stuck on the railway line. At the same time, the engine went dead as well.

Within seconds, the Kalka Express reached the spot and Mishra managed to pull himself out of the car before the speeding train hit and dragged it for more than a km. The mangled car was found at a spot close to the Anand Vihar railway station.

Mishra was arrested and sent to judicial custody till September 29. A case was registered under Section 153 of the railway Act at the Sahibabad railway station.

Police sources said Mishra was in an inebriated state.

" We arrested him when he was walking along the tracks to find out about his car," Sahibabad Railway Police Force in- charge Vishwamitra Singh said.

" He told us that he had gone to the area for some official work. He said it was his first visit to the place and hence he was not familiar with the roads. As it was dark and the road was muddy, he couldn't see the track properly and his car also failed him at the crucial moment," he added.

It was not clear what official work he had at the middle of the night, that too in an " unfamiliar" place.

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Date:Sep 16, 2010
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