Three Accidents near Kanpur in 2 months were Sabotage Activities: CBI

Two men were spotted cutting railway tracks past midnight on December 31 near Kothi village in Mandhana. Both managed to escape on noticing the patrolling team. Damaged railway tracks near Kanpur raises red flags over recent train accidents in UP. Detailed investigation by CBI will explain the reason behind three major train accidents in last two months near Kanpur.

KANPUR: CBI had prima facie noted that the three accidents in and around Kanpur city in the last 2 months are perfectly handled sabotage activities which Indian Railways has been wrongly attributing to the wreckage of Rail track.

Patrolling team of Railways had finally noticed that there were repeated sabotage attempts by unidentified persons on the Kanpur of RPF The CBI, on Friday, began its investigation into the case of fish plates and elastic clips spotted missing on Farrukhabad railway track in Mandhana on the city outskirts a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Lucknow on January 2.

Two men were spotted cutting railway tracks past midnight on December 31 near Kothi village in Mandhana. Both managed to escape on noticing the patrolling team. The railways had requested the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the incident considering it to be a case of suspected sabotage. A CBI team along with senior RPF officials including DIG Railways reached Mandhana. They spoke to the railway staff and gathered evidences.  CBI also requested Railways to hand over the Enquiry/Investigation Reports of all the three accidents near Kanpur in the last two months which toold toll of nearly 200 lives. Railways yet to submit the report copies to CBI.

Sabotages on the Rise: On December 28 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment near Rura Railway Station and January 12 goods train derailment near Unnao in UP, besides the ghastly Pukhrayan case which took toll of more than 160 passengers.  Almost all these accidents took place only past mid-nights.

The railway staff told the CBI team that as many as 30 pedal clips had been opened.Had the patrolling team not noticed the missing pedals and attempt being made to cut the track, a major accident could have been possible.

Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), NER, Sanjay Yadav said the railway board on Thursday had confirmed CBI investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the work of route restoration on Kanpur-Lucknow route near Sehjani four km from Shuklaganj railway station in Unnao continued. A goods train derailed here on Thursday evening.

AK Mittal, Chairman Railway Board, who was also in Kanpur today, reviewed the accident spot in Pukhrayan where Indore-Patna Express derailed on November 20, which claimed more than 150 lives and left many injured.  While talking to mediapersons after inspection, he said that only a detailed investigation will explain the reason behind three major train accidents in last two months near Kanpur.

He was referring to December 28 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment near Rura Railway Station and January 12 goods train derailment near Unnao in UP, besides the Pukhrayan case.

Alert youths in UP help avoid train accident

A group of youngsters helped avert a train accident on Sunday night by alerting railway linemen after they spotted suspicious activity on the tracks near Mandhana-Naramau area, on the Kanpur-Farrukhabad rail section. According to locals, some youngsters who were passing by the railway track noticed about five miscreants trying to cut the track after removing nearly 50 pandrol clips and three pairs of fishplate. They raised an alarm and rushed to the spot immediately , but the miscreants managed to flee.The locals then alerted the linemen, who in turn informed senior railway authorities and halted all trains passing through the area.

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