Jhargram (WB): Manik Mahto, one of the
alleged conspirators of the May 28 Jnaneswari Express
disaster, was arrested by police today from Baripada in
Orissa`s Mayurbhanj district.
He was arrested by a joint team of West Bengal and
Mahto, who was a history-sheeter, had fled after the
CBI announced a reward of Rs one lakh each for key accused,
Bapi Mahto, who was later arrested in Jharkhand, PCPA convenor
Asit Mahto and PCPA leader Umakanta Mahto, police sources
Bapi Mahto, during interrogation, had revealed the
name of Manik, who was present at a meeting of the
conspirators on the night preceding the mishap that left 148
passengers dead, the sources said.
Mahto is the eighth person to be arrested in the
case, which is being investigated by the CBI.