Key accused in Kanpur and Ghorasahan rail track sabotage incidents surrenders in Court

Bhojpuri film men, lured by ISI, arrested for plotting train derailment in Bihar

PATNA: One of the key accused in Kanpur and Ghorasahan rail track sabotage incidents, Gajendra Sharma, surrendered before a court in East Champaran district on Monday. Police sources said Gajendra, a named accused in Ghorasahan blast attempt case, was also involved in the derailment of Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur in which at least 150 people were killed on November 21 last year.  The investigation from NIA has thrown up at least three key links to the regional film industry. Dream merchants from India’s eastern heartland and Nepal have helped Pakistan’s spy agency ISI in its attempts to stage nightmarish train derailments so they could get their Bhojpuri movie projects on track.

Police also arrested two more persons – Deepu Kumar and Suraj Kumar – from Chhoradano in East Champaran district for their alleged involvement in Nakardei rail track blast on December 3. The alleged involvement of Pakistan’s ISI in Nakardei rail track blast came to light after the arrest of Shamshul Huda, an ISI agent, from Kathmandu in Nepal.

The Bihar police had dismissed the incident as ‘rumour’ and did not even register FIR against anyone.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the rail track sabotages on Tuesday secured additional four-day police remand of Umashankar Patel, Motilal Paswan and Mukesh Yadav, all accused in Ghorasahan and Kanpur cases. Earlier, the special NIA court of judge Manoj Singh had granted 11-day police remand for the trio on February 4.

The derailment and blast conspiracies were allegedly hatched by ISI of Pakistan. ISI agent Shamshul Huda, a Nepalese citizen, was handling the terror mission from Dubai. Huda was arrested by Nepal police in Kathmandu on February 5. His interrogation later revealed another railway track blast near Nakardei in East Champaran.

Mujahir Ansari, Brajkishore Giri alias Baba Giri, Ashish Singh Kurmi alias Sujeet and Umesh Giri, all associates of Huda, have already been arrested by Nepal police.

Bhojpuri film men, lured by ISI, arrested for plotting train derailment in Bihar

The National Investigation Agency’s probe into the Ghorasan incident from Bihar in which an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found near a railway track on October 1 has thrown up at least three key links to the regional film industry.

The first is Brajkishore Giri, an actor who also owns the Big Bollywood studio in Nepal’s Beergiri area. Another name is of Gajendra Sharma, proprietor of the Dangal Studio in Bihar’s Motihari city who also ran an orchestra for weddings and other events. The third is Mukesh Yadav, a Bhojpuri songwriter.

All three were allegedly lured by the money ISI promised in return for derailing Indian trains.

All the accused have landed in the police net in Nepal and India. According to NIA sources, acting on behest of Sheikh Shafi, a Pakistan-based ISI handler, Shamshul Hoda, who’s a Nepalese citizen, was tasked with hiring Indian men to carry out train derailments. Hoda is known to have contacted Brajkishore Giri, a man with ambitions who was bitten by the Bhojpuri movie bug.

Over 150 people died on November 21 when the Indore-Patna Express flew off the tracks. A month later, 50 people were injured when the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed. Both incidents took place near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Authorities are probing the possibility of sabotage in these and a clutch of other train crashes in the past six months.

Already having acted in Bhojpuri films such as Raftar, Brajkishore Giri was working in an underproduction project Ae Moray Jaan Tohray Mein Bas Le Hamray Pran when he was arrested by Nepal Police. After being approached by Hoda, Giri used his Bhojpuri movie contacts to rope in Gajendra Sharma and Mukesh Yadav.

Brajkishore Giri was baited with money amounting to several lakhs, which he wanted to pump into the film business to fulfil his “own dream of producing a Bhojpuri movie”. The agency is also probing a fake Indian currency racket linked to the ISI conspiracy.

Giri contacted Gajendra Sharma, who also made low-budget movies in Motihari. The third among the Bhojpuri movie trio is Mukesh Yadav, one of the first arrests made in the case by Bihar Police. He is a songwriter.

Gajendra, whose music studio was leaking money, allegedly conspired with Giri. But with Gajendra’s surrender in Motihari, Bihar, the NIA is hoping to complete the jigsaw puzzle in the ISI-hatched plot.

Three people – Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar and Mukesh Yadav – were arrested last month from Bihar’s East Champaran district and they reportedly pointed to ISI’s role in the Indore-Patna Express derailment. Sources said on the instructions of ISI handler Shafi, Hoda hired Arun and Deepak, two of Mukesh Yadav’s links, who were tasked to derail a train in Ghorasan.

“However, the duo developed cold feet,” said sources.

“The powerful IED was later discovered by children playing near the rail track.

The authorities were informed and the bomb exploded while it was being taken aside, though no one was injured. With the use of sulphur and ammonium nitrate, a cocktail of explosives was prepared, but the plan of ISI failed with the discovery of the bomb.”

Arun and Deepak were called to Nepal where they were allegedly eliminated by the ISI. Sources say that songwriter Mukesh was also called to that country, but he survived because he did not show up.

They added that a team will soon go to Nepal to question Hoda and Giri. They will also examine the funding in the case, which is suspected to be in fake Indian currency.

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