Controller Muruganandam and two station masters, Beemsingh Meena (Kalligudi) and Jayakumar (Tirumangalam), were placed under suspension after two passenger trains were set off on a collision course on the Madurai-Virudhunagar section on Thursday. The train bound for Sengottai from here had halted at Tirumangalam station at 5.30 p.m on Thursday when the Sengottai-Madurai train was received in the same track, the officials said.
As passengers of both trains raised an alarm, the alert drivers stopped the trains several metres apart. The officials have been suspended for negligence, they were the station masters of Kallikudi and Tirumangalam Railway stations. They were identified as Beem Singh Meena and Jayakumar and Controller Muruganandham, all from the Madurai division.