Statutory probe ordered into Rajdhani derailment

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 18:34

Patna: Railways has ordered a statutory
probe into the derailment of 14 coaches of New Delhi-Guwahati
Rajdhani Express in Bihar Tuesday in which eleven passengers
escaped with minor injuries.

The probe will be conducted by Commissioner, Railway
Safety, Eastern Region, official sources said.

Forensic experts from here have reached the spot and
would find out whether there was an explosion which led to the
derailment at Amba halt in Khagaria-Katihar section near
Naugachia railway station in Bihar this morning, they said.

Eleven passengers escaped with minor injuries in the
incident.

Meanwhile, authorities did not rule out sabotage in the
incident.

"We can`t rule out sabotage and Maoists` or anti-socials`
hands in it ... Some broken sleepers, railway tracks in a
stretch of 12 feet, besides crushed cement have been found
strewn at the spot," Sonepur Divisional Railway Manager R K
Agrawal said.

ADG (Railway) S K Bhardwaj, however, did not subscribe to
the sabotage theory and said some passengers on board the
train had informed that they did not hear any sound of
explosion on the track.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 18:34

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