Kolkata: Suspecting some Railway employees’ role in the Jnaneswari Express sabotage, the Central Bureau of Investigation probing the case has arrested two trackmen.
One mobile phone, two SIM cards and three fake Railway identity cards have been recovered from the duo.
This is the first arrest of Railway personnel in connection with the case.
The arrests came a day after pro-Maoist leader Umakanta Mahato, a prime suspect in the Jnaneswari Express sabotage, was killed in an encounter with joint security forces in Jhargram area of West Bengal`s West Midnapore district.
Mahato was the leader of tribal body People`s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), which has been blamed for causing the sabotage.
The CBI had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information regarding Umakanta Mahato.
Mahato had been absconding since the May 28 train disaster, in which 148 people were killed after ultras removed the clips in around 50 metres of the track causing derailmemt of the Mumbai-bound train. Soon after, a freight train coming from the opposite direction rammed into the derailed coaches causing high casualties.
Another prime suspect, Bapi Mahato, has already been arrested. The third prime accused, Asit Mahato, has so far eluded the police dragnet.