Odisha Triple Train Tragedy: CBI Charges 3 Suspects In A Major Breakthrough in Investigation
New Delhi, 02 September(City Times): Odisha Triple Train Tragedy: In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet alleging that three Railways officials arrested in the Balasore train accident case were involved in culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.
Tragic Accident Took Lives
The accident occurred on June 2 near Odisha’s Bahanaga Bazar railway station, resulting in nearly 300 casualties and over 1,200 injuries.(Odisha Triple Train Tragedy)
Accused and Charges
The CBI arrested three individuals – senior section engineer (Signals) Arun Kumar Mahanta, section engineer Amir Khand, and technician Pappu Kumar – all posted in Balasore district. They have been charged under Indian Penal Code Section 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), Section 34 read with 201 (common cause read with destruction of evidence), and 153 of the Railways Act.
Legal Proceedings Ongoing
The chargesheet was filed in a special CBI court. The accused were arrested on July 7 and are currently in judicial custody.
Alleged Negligence and Consequences
The CBI alleges that senior section engineer Arun Kumar Mahanta, responsible for ensuring the proper functioning of signal systems, did not carry out necessary testing and alterations as required. This alleged negligence contributed to the massive accident. (Odisha Triple Train Tragedy)
The tragic accident occurred when the Coromandel Express collided with a stationary freight train at Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore. Subsequently, some derailed coaches fell onto adjacent tracks and collided with the Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express that was in motion.
The Ministry of Railways had earlier reported that lapses in the signaling-circuit-alteration at North Signal Goomty station caused the Coromandel Express to enter the wrong track, leading to the accident. These findings were based on the Commissioner of Railway Safety’s report.