Railways seek CBI probe into Sainthia train mishap
Railways have written to the Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into the Sainthia rail accident on July 19 which claimed 66 lives.
New Delhi: Railways have written to the
Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into the Sainthia rail
accident on July 19 which claimed 66 lives.
According to highly placed sources in the Railway
Ministry, a letter seeking CBI probe has been sent by Railway
Board Chairman Vivek Sahai to the Home Ministry.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had hinted about the
possibility of a conspiracy behind the deadly collision while
Sahai had described the loco pilots` action as "very unusual".
Besides the CBI probe, Railways have also sought
viscera report of the loco drivers killed in the accident.
Sources said the sequence of events which led to the
accident was highly suspicious as loco pilots of Uttarbanga
Express did not respond to any warnings while the train
overshot the signal and hit Vananchal express from behind.
The train was entering the Sainthia station at 63 km
per hour despite it being a scheduled stoppage.
Currently the Commissioner Railway Safety is conducting
the inquiry into the cause of the accident.
Besides CRS, West Bengal CID is also probing the train
tragedy involving incident.
The CBI is also probing the Jnaneshwari train accident
which claimed 148 lives.
Meanwhile, Banerjee today met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh during which she is understood to have discussed safety
related issues and the steps that the Railways are taking in