CPM questions Mamata`s silence on Jnaneswari rprt

A day after a railway inquiry said the derailment of Jnaneswari Express in May was an act of sabotage, the CPM wondered why Mamata Banerjee remained silent even when the CBI earlier blamed it on tampering of tracks.

Kolkata: A day after a railway inquiry said
the derailment of Jnaneswari Express in May was an act of
sabotage, the CPI(M) today wondered why Railway Minister
Mamata Banerjee remained silent even when the CBI earlier
blamed it on tampering of tracks and identified the people
behind the incident that claimed 150 lives.

"Jnaneswari episode is a case of sabotage. The CBI
report had already found it to be a case of sabotage and
identified those behind it," CPI-M Central Committee member
Shayaml Chakraborty said without mentioning Maoists and
expressed surprise on the Railway Minister`s silence on the
agency`s findings.

Yesterday, a report on statutory inquiry, conducted by
the commissioner of railway safety S Nayak, said the May 28
accident was "due to tampering of track including removal of
elastic rail clips and disturbance of cross level."

On May 29, the eve of the state-wide civic elections,
Banerjee had claimed that the accident was a result of
political conspiracy. Later on July 21, she claimed that the
CPI(M) activists were scientifically planning to sabotage
the Railways.

A key suspect in the Jnaneswari Express train disaster
Umakanto Mahato, a top leader of Maoist-backed People`s
Committee, was killed by the joint forces in West Bengal`s
Jhargram district on August 27, 2010. He was wanted by CBI in
the incident.

The Mumbai-bound Jnaneshwari Express was derailed between
Sardiha and Khemasuli stations, and subsequently a freight
train approaching from the opposite direction rammed into five
derailed coaches, killing 150 passengers and injuring 200
others.

After the accident, Home Minister P Chidambaram had said
that "the needle of suspicion points to CPI-Maoists or a front
organisation for the CPI-Maoists."

-PTI

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