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What a welfare state!
In a tragic incident, ten children were killed and 14 others injured in UP's Bhadoi district when a school mini-bus was hit by a train at an unmanned railway level crossing on July 25 morning due to alleged negligence of the bus driver who ignored warning.
The minibus of Tender Heart school in Ghosiya township, carrying students of six villages in the age group of six to 14 years, was hit by Varanasi-Allahabad passenger train at gate number 26 between Katka and Madhosingh railway stations, police said. The minibus was thrown up in the air.


In a similar incident two years ago, about two dozen children were killed when a passenger train rammed into a private school bus at an unmanned railway crossing on 21st July 2014 at Masaipet village in Telangana's Medak district. Driver and cleaner of the bus too died.

It was reported that while moving past the level crossing, the bus driver failed to notice the approaching passenger train. (The attached photograph shows a mother hugging her two dead children). I wrote an article in Merinews under the heading 'Missing the wood for trees: Blame the unmanned crossing; not the bus driver' (05 Aug, 2014). History repeats.

The parents of these children are not computer savvy. Their cries will not reach the twitter crazy Suresh Prabhu. About 15000 such unmanned level crossings are still in operation. We can think of launching bullet trains at a cost of rupees one lakh crore. But we have no money for converting these unmanned level crossings into manned ones.

How many more lives will be sacrificed? Shouldn't the Railway administration be booked for these murders? I fervently appeal to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene as it is a gross violation of human rights.

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