NEW DELHI: In the aftermath of one of India’s worst railway disasters, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni on Tuesday commended the swift response of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) during the Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni, stated, “NDRF responded swiftly and reached the Odisha train accident site at the earliest.” He also praised the NDRF personnel, saying, “They are known for their rescue and relief operations. This force has earned many accolades internationally also.”
The NDRF deployed nine teams to the site of the Odisha train accident, which claimed the lives of at least 278 people and left over 900 injured. Official data reveals that the force rescued 44 victims and recovered 121 bodies.
Highlighting the NDRF’s reputation for efficient rescue and relief operations, Minister Teni acknowledged the force’s commendable efforts, stating that they have earned accolades on an international level.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) initiated an investigation into the train accident, following a request from the Ministry of Railways, consent from the Odisha government, and subsequent orders from the Department of Personnel and Training.
A team of CBI officers arrived at the accident site earlier in the day to examine the tracks, signal room, and engage with railway officials at Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district.
The official death toll in the Odisha train tragedy was updated to 278 by the Indian Railways, with three more individuals succumbing to their injuries. However, the Odisha government’s revised toll remained unchanged at 275. Khurda Road Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rinkesh Ray reported that besides the fatalities, approximately 1,100 people sustained injuries in the accident on June 2. Regarding the disparity in the death toll figures, he noted that figures may change over time. The state government initially reported a toll of 288, which was later revised to 275 due to duplicate counting of bodies.