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Kalka train mishap: UK hails India’s response

10:32 PM May 31, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Kalka : Britain praised the Indian authorities for their response to derailment of Kalka-Shimla chartered heritage train near Kalka, in which two British nationals were killed and 13 others injured, and said it was pleased that an investigation has been announced into the accident. British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan, who arrived Chandigarh on Sunday from Delhi, met with the injured who are admitted in a private hospital at Mohali, besides meeting other UK nationals including those who had received minor injuries and were discharged after first-aid and other check-up on Saturday.

He also met the railway officials and the Himachal Pradesh authorities who were present here. “I want to praise Indian authorities for their response to this tragic accident. I have spoken to police, to the railway authorities, to the medical staff treating several British nationals who were involved, to thank them for first class effort to support and help all the British people who were involved,” Bevan said addressing a press conference here on Sunday evening. According to a PTI report, he also said he was there to lead the British Government’s response to the train accident that took place on Saturday.

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Asked if those nationals who were not injured or had escaped with minor injury would be going back now, he replied, “obviously, we are pleased that the authorities have announced an investigation.  They have to decide for themselves, each of our citizens what they want to do. Some of them have already decided that they will continue with their holiday here in India, others for now, are remaining here in Chandigarh and we will give them advice and support in whatever they wish to do next”.

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The High Commissioner expressed ‘deep condolences’ to the family and friends and loved ones of the two British nationals, who lost their lives in the accident yesterday. Asked if any advisory for future will be issued to British citizens who use the narrow gauge rail track, he said, “in relation to the accident itself it is not for me to comment, we will wait to see the results of the investigation”.

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