Kolkata: The West Bengal government today
justified before the Calcutta High Court CBI`s plea seeking
transfer of the Jnaneswari train disaster case from Midnapore
to the metropolis for security reasons.
Advocate General Balai Roy submitted before Justice
Asim Roy that there was serious ground for apprehension that
the eight Maoists arrested in the case would be eliminated by
The CBI had prayed for transfer of the case to Kolkata
citing security risks and claiming that there was a distinct
possibility of an attack to wipe out the arrested Maoists.
Roy submitted that it was also very risky to take the
arrested persons from Midnapore Jail to the Jhargram
sub-divisional court 20 km away with the road passing through
a dense jungle.
With the dates and time production in court fixed in
advance, Maoists could plan an attack to eliminate those
arrested to prevent disclosure of information.
The matter will be heard by the court tomorrow.
The Jnaneswari Express disaster took place on May 28
in West Midnapore district killing 148 passengers.