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THE slow rescue operation of the Railways and the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday once again proved that they are yet to reach the desired efficiency- level when it comes to handling tragedies of such magnitude.

While the train mishap took place between 10: 45 am and 10: 55 am, the rescue team of the Railways from Basti and Gorakhpur started rescue operation at 12: 30 pm. The local police fared better as it reached the mishap spot at 11.30 am.

"We were unable to save many lives as valuable time was

lost while trying to extricate the injured from the damaged coaches. We had no gas cutters to remove the iron rods of the train windows. Villagers tried to cut it by using their axe. The police reached the spot about 45 minutes after the accident.

But they were mostly trying to disperse the crowd instead of rescuing the passengers," Zaheer Ahmad, a rescuer, said.

Two eyewitnesses claimed while some villagers were busy in pulling the dead and the alive from the train compartments, there were also a few who were decamping with the belongings of the victims.

Another villager said if the police conducts raid in the houses of some villagers, they will find the belongings to the victims.

"The officers have been dispatched to the spot. Cabinet minister Ahmad Hasan has also been asked to reach there. I have directed the officers to ensure that the injured persons get best treatment," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

BSP president Mayawati demanded a high- power panel to investigate the cause of the train mishap.

Villagers try to cut window rods with axe

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Date:May 27, 2014
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