Gyaneswari derailment could be CPM conspiracy: Bitta

All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief M S Bitta on Tuesday said that the Gyaneswari Express derailment could be a "conspiracy" by the CPI(M) and demanded imposition of President`s Rule in West Bengal to prevent such incidents.

Updated: Jun 01, 2010, 18:38 PM IST

Kolkata: All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief
M S Bitta on Tuesday said that the Gyaneswari Express derailment
could be a "conspiracy" by the CPI(M) and demanded imposition
of President`s Rule in West Bengal to prevent such incidents.

"We think the CPI(M) is responsible for the incident. The
manner in which the accident occurred almost on the eve of the
municipal elections indicate a political conspiracy," Bitta
told a press conference here.

Describing Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as
a "great woman in Indian politics", he alleged that the manner
in which railway accidents occurred in Bengal over past six or
seven months indicated that they were engineered to malign her
as Railway Minister.

When pointed out that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
has quoted intelligence reports to say that the derailment was
caused by Maoists, Bitta said, "intelligence inputs are not
necessarily always right. If they were, then Indira Gandhi and
Rajiv Gandhi would not have been killed."

Bitta demanded a CBI inquiry into the accident, claiming
that the CID, which was conducting a probe on orders of the
West Bengal government, was incapable of doing the job.

"Once I get back to Delhi, I will talk to the Prime
Minister, the Union Home Minister and the Union Law Minister
for a CBI inquiry. If that does not work, I will move either
the state High Court or the Supreme Court so that a CBI
inquiry is initiated," he said.

Bitta said the Maoist movement, which has been taken over
by the jungle mafia and the mine mafia, was being backed by
the ISI and alleged that they were getting arms from Nepal
through Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Claiming that the Operation Green Hunt would not be
effective against Maoists, he called for a coordinated effort
by the governments of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh,
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

"The anti-Maoist operations should be coordinated by a
committee with senior officials from these states. The
committee must also have experienced officers like K P S Gill,
Julio Rebeiro and Kiran Bedi. The committee should be
headquartered in Bengal," he said.

Bitta, who visited the injured in the Gyaneswari mishap
in Midnapore and at the SSKM Hospital, announced Rs five lakh
reward to the person providing information about those who
caused the derailment.

PTI