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Odisha: CBI registers case in Balasore train accident, interrogates railway officials


Forensic team also talked to signal room staff
CBI’s 10-member team inspected the tracks and signal room
Khurda Road Divisional DRM suspects ‘tampering’ in signal system

New Delhi. The CBI has started its investigation regarding the Balasore train accident in Odisha. CBI has registered an FIR under various sections of IPC and Railway Act. A case has been registered under sections 337, 338, 304A, 34 of IPC and sections 153, 154, 175 of the Railway Act. In connection with the investigation of the accident, the CBI and Forensic team had reached the spot on Tuesday and have also questioned the officials. The CBI has registered the case on the recommendation of the Ministry of Railways and the consent of the Government of Odisha and the orders received from the DoPT (Government of India).

Let us inform that a 10-member Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the train accident in Balasore on June 2 is in Odisha and inspected the tracks and signal room on Tuesday and spoke to railway officials posted at Bahanga Bazar railway station. Also inquired. The forensic team, which arrived along with the CBI officials, also talked to the staff of the signal room and got information about the use of various devices and their working methods.

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Meanwhile, in this heart-wrenching train accident, 278 people have lost their lives and more than 1200 people have been injured. A large number of injured are still being treated in different hospitals of Odisha. At the same time, the Railway Board also recommended a CBI inquiry into this gruesome train accident last Sunday. Expressing some doubt in the accident of two passenger trains and a goods train, the Railway Board felt the need for a CBI inquiry. After this, the CBI has started investigation by registering a case under different sections.

The CBI will investigate the accident from a criminal angle as the Railways has expressed the possibility of sabotage or external interference behind the accident. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Khurda Road Division, Rinkesh Roy, has expressed suspicion that the signal system may have been ‘tampered’. A day after the incident i.e. on June 3, the central agency has taken over the investigation of FIR No. 64 lodged by the Odisha Police at the Balasore Government Railway Police Station.

Chief Public Relations Officer of South Eastern Railway Zone, Aditya Chowdhary said that the CBI will investigate all aspects. She is collecting information and Railways will cooperate fully in this.

Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (South Eastern Region) Shailesh Kumar Pathak visited the spot on Monday and spoke to people about the accident as part of his investigation.

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An official said that information about the reasons for the accident would be available only after the completion of the CBI and CCRS investigations. He said that Balasore GRP has registered an FIR in the matter and it is also probing the accident.

Significantly, at around 7 pm on June 2, the Coromandel Express going from Shalimar to Chennai Central near Howrah collided with a goods train parked at Bahanga Bazar railway station, due to which most of its coaches were derailed. At the same time, the last few coaches of the Bengaluru-Howrah Express passing from the other side also collided with the derailed bogies of the Coromandel Express. Out of 278 people killed in this accident, 177 people have been identified and their bodies have been handed over to their relatives. To identify the remaining unidentified dead bodies, the Railways have adopted different means so that they can be identified.

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