Left parties seek PM`s intervention for railway safety
Left parties on Friday condemned the "Maoist sabotage" which led to the train accident in West Bengal, castigated the Railway Ministry for violating safety policies and sought PM`s intervention to ensure that Railways safety.
New Delhi: Left parties on Friday condemned the
"Maoist sabotage" which led to the train accident in West
Bengal, castigated the Railway Ministry for violating safety
policies and sought Prime Minister`s intervention to ensure
that Railways fulfil their responsibility.
Expressing shock at the tragic loss of lives in the
"terrible train accident caused by sabotage by Maoists", the
CPI(M) said this dastardly act was caused by extremists "who
have once again demonstrated their utter contempt for human
Demanding a thorough probe into the accident, it said
"this terrible tragedy has been compounded by the
irresponsible absence of due diligence on the part of the
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury asked why a pilot engine
that should have preceded the passenger train to check safety
of the track was not run and blamed the Railways for violating
its own "declared policy to ensure specific safety measures in
Maoist affected areas".
"The persistent denial of the existence of Maoist
activities in West Bengal by the Railway Minister may have led
to the lack of preparedness of the authorities," he said.
Demanding a thorough enquiry into the incident, the party
said "the Prime Minister should personally intervene to ensure
that Railways, in coordination with security agencies, fulfil
their responsibility by stepping up precautionary safety
measures to protect passengers and railway property in all
Maoist affected areas".
Condemning the incident and tampering of the track, CPI
National Secretary D Raja too demanded a thorough probe.
Referring to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee`s statement
blaming the Left Front government in the state for the
incident, Raja said "it is cheap politics. She should take
the moral responsibility for what has happened.
"After all, she is responsible for railway safety. She
cannot pass the buck."
Yechury said the number of railway accidents in the past
five months were so high that nothing like this has ever
happened in past 30 years in a single calendar year.
Maintaining that it was the responsibility of Railway
Protection Force to protect railway property, he said if they
they need more force, they should ask the state government.
"The state will definitely give them. But it cannot be
given without asking for it. Today`s is a big incident in
which innocent people have lost their lives and several have
sustained serious injuries. It is very important to ascertain
why and how the incident occurred", Yechury said, raising
questions like why a pilot engine was not run and how a goods
train hit the derailed passenger train.