12/05/2015 7:35 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Rail Officer Suspended For Delay In Dispatching Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Vehicles

Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party leader and India's next prime minister Narendra Modi sits inside a car after his arrival in Varanasi, an ancient city revered by millions of devout Hindus, India, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Modi will be India's next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, results showed Friday. An elaborately decorated platform was built for him to offer prayers on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi. Saffron flags fluttered above the flower bedecked platform and thousands of supporters and onlookers milled around to watch as Hindu priests chanted sacred verses and burnt incense. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

BILASPUR — A parcel supervisor of Bilaspur division of South East Central Railway was today suspended for the delay in transportation of bullet-proof vehicles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy to New Delhi after his visit to Chhattisgarh two days ago.

"The action has been taken against Parcel Supervisor B K Chanda following an enquiry conducted into the incident," Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of South East Central Railway, R K Agrawal, said.

The Prime Minister was in Chhattisgarh on a day-long visit on May 9.

"After the PM's visit, his convoy vehicles were to be transported to New Delhi via rail route in two wagon kits. One of the wagon kits was to be attached with the Delhi-bound Utkal Express on Sunday (May 10) while another in the same train on Monday," Agrawal said.

However, owing to some communication lapse yesterday, the wagon kit was not attached to the train, following which the security officials informed the railway officials in this connection, he said.

"Keeping in view the seriousness of the incident, an enquiry was ordered and based on the findings, the Parcel Supervisor was suspended and a chargesheet was issued to him," Agrawal said.

The enquiry revealed that the parcel booking section had intimated the Coaching Control about the booking of the vehicles, but did not inform the Commercial Control.

As per the standard procedure, the parcel booking section should inform the Commercial Control, which then relays the information to all relevant sections, the CPRO said, adding that communication gap led to the incident.

However, that wagon kit was sent then attached to Gondwana Express to Delhi today, while another one was dispatched with Utkal Express as per the scheduled delivery, he said.

The official did not disclose the number of vehicles citing security reasons.

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