Jnaneshwari case: CBI announces reward for info on 8 accused

Hot on the trail of eight accused persons in the Jnaneshwari Express derailment case, the CBI today announced a cash reward of Rs 5.5 lakh to any person providing information leading to their capture.

Kolkata: Hot on the trail of eight accused
persons in the Jnaneshwari Express derailment case, the CBI
today announced a cash reward of Rs 5.5 lakh to any person
providing information leading to their capture.

The agency will give reward of Rs two lakh to any person
for providing information leading to the arrest of Shashadhar
Mahato and Rs 50,000 each for giving details for Tapan Mahato,
Jayanta Bhakta, Joydeb Mahato, Sanjoy Mahato, Laxmikant Roy,
Bachan Manna and Altab Hossein.

About 140 people were killed in the train accident on May
28, 2010 in West Bengal.

The CBI took over the investigation on June 10, 2010, and
constituted a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to look into
the case.

"The JIT comprises three officers of CBI, three officers
of State Police, two officers of Railways Protection Force,
one officer of Railway Board & two Forensic Experts for
carrying out the investigation in a time bound manner. The
team is headed by a Joint Director of the agency," CBI
spokesperson Harsh Bhal said.

The CBI has so far arrested nine accused in the case. The
ninth accused (Lakhan Mahato alias Dhun) was arrested on
August 1, 2010 and was remanded to CBI custody for 10 days by
the Court at Jhargram (West Bengal).

Earlier, the agency had announced a reward of Rs three
lakh for the arrest of three accused -- Bapi, Umakant and
Asit. Out of the three, Bapi was arrested and is in judicial
custody.

-PTI

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