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WB train derailment: Railways file FIR

Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 22:35

Zeenews Bureau

Jhargram (West Bengal): A day after a Mumbai-bound express train derailed in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, killing more than 100 people, an FIR has been registered in connection with the incident.

The driver of the Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express, B K Das, filed the First Information Report with the Government Railway Police (GRP), Jhargam against unknown persons.
The driver, in the FIR, made no mention of any Maoist involvement but did say that he heard the sound of a blast before the train derailed.

It is suspected that the Maoists had derailed the Howrah-Kurla Lomanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express when it was running between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations.

Within minutes, it was hit by a goods train coming from the opposite direction.
A part of the track was found missing and it is believed that Maoists had triggered a blast to cause damage to the rail tracks.

But Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai has suggested a through inquiry into the incident saying, "It`s likely to be them (Maoists). There is no one else in the area. But we are still checking,".

More than 200 people were injured, some of them critically.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 22:35

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