CBI takes over Jnaneshwari Exp derailment probe

The CBI on Wednesday took over investigation into the Jnaneshwari Express train derailment in West Bengal by registering a case in connection with the May 28 rail disaster that had claimed 148 lives.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 20:14 PM IST

Kolkata: The CBI on Wednesday took over
investigation into the Jnaneshwari Express train derailment in
West Bengal by registering a case in connection with the May
28 rail disaster that had claimed 148 lives.

"The Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the
investigation into the incident and has registered a case,"
CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal said.

The Central government had on June 3, 2010 issued a
notification for a CBI probe into the tragedy. Railway
Minister Mamata Banerjee had demanded a CBI probe after
claiming that there was a "political conspiracy" behind the
derailment.

The West Bengal government has said the derailment was
an act of sabotage by the Maoists. The state police has also
made some arrests in the case.

The CBI said the West Bengal government had also issued a
formal notification permitting it to investigate the train
disaster.

As part of the probe, the CBI will investigate all angles,
including conspiracy in connection with the case.

The case has been registered under Section 427 IPC
(damaging property), various sections of Indian Railways Act
and the Explosive Substances Act.

PTI