New Delhi: A day after the derailment of New Farakka Express train, the northern railways on Thursday suspended two officials over the accident. According to news agency ANI, the initial probe indicated that a wrong signal was given to the train due to which the accident happened.

According to Railway Ministry officials, they were suspended on the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety after it was indicated that the cause of the accident was prima facie wrong signalling and to ensure that no evidence was tampered with.

Northern Railway spokesman Deepak Kumar said, “Senior Section Engineer Vinod Kumar Sharma and Electrical Signal Maintainer Amarnath have been suspended with immediate effect.”

Five coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli early Wednesday, killing at least five people and seriously injuring nine. The New Farakka Express runs from West Bengal’s Malda up till New Delhi.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister had expressed his condolences for the deceased and directed the director general of police to take all necessary action. Adityanath had also announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had expressed condolence for the loss of lives and urged the government to take immediate relief measures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for those injured so that they recovered quickly.

(Withe agency inputs)