New Delhi: Hurling a serious allegation at Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M) senior leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday demanded probe into Railways’ role in the hijack drama of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express on Tuesday.
The train was stopped by hundreds of tribals owing allegiance to a Lalgarh organisation PCPA, which had supported the Maoist siege of their town. Mamata Banerjee had been sympathetic to the PCPA in distancing herself from Centre’s intervention in reclaiming the area from Maoists, as it involved taking on PCPA members as well.
Yechury today told reporters here that it was strange that attacks had been occurring on Railways properties in Maoist areas since the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee assumed ministership.
“A TMC member has said they had prior information about the attack. The leader whose release was sought by the tribals in West Midnapore yesterday was once a member of Trinamool,” Yechury claimed.
The finger of suspicion pointed towards the Railways and hence Banerjee, he added.
The Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express was halted by tribal people yesterday near Jhagram near West Midnapore for six to seven hours. They were demanding the release of PCPA (People's Committee against Police Atrocities) chief Chattradhar Mahato who is under trial for supporting Maoists in Lalgarh.
Mamata Banerjee had blamed the Maoists for the attacks and demanded Presidential rule in West Bengal, citing the failure of CPI(M) led government in the state in preventing the incident.
First Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 16:21