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Prabhu writes to Rajnath for NIA probe into derailments


Lists 6 incidents under ‘possibility of criminal interference by outsiders’

New Delhi : Suspecting the possibility of sabotage in the recent spate of train derailments, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking a detailed probe by the National Investigating Agency into the incidents.

In a letter on January 23 to Home Minister, Prabhu sought NIA probe into the recent spate of train mishaps and listed six incidents of ‘possibility of criminal interference by outsiders’.

In the letter, he made a mention of Hirakhand Exp derailment near Kuneru station in Andhra, two goods trains that went off the track earlier this month on the Koraput-Kirandul section, ‘cooker bomb’ at Ghorasahan station, detection of deep cuts on tracks near Kanpur on January 1 and the obstruction on tracks on a rail bridge between Barauni-Samastipur on Monday.

Citing the derailment of Indore-Patna Express in Kanpur in which around 150 people were killed, he said: “Bihar police unearthed a conspiracy to train some persons in the country to tamper with railway tracks to cause train derailments and (their) possible involvement in the accident near Kanpur.”

Minister cautions against wicked acts

New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday appealed to railway officials to stay “vigilant” to foil any “nefarious” designs ahead of the Republic Day.

“Requesting all to be extra vigilant to foil nefarious designs of these anti-people elements trying to subvert system, dastardly inhuman acts,” Prabhu said in a tweet.

Prabhu’s remarks came after a 15-foot piece of rail was found on the track near Diva in Maharashtra late on Tuesday night.