NIA to probe sabotage angle in train derailments in Kanpur, Andhra

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the sabotage angle in the recent train derailments in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur and Andhra Pradesh’s Kuneru area. The agency has taken over the probe in these cases following an order from the Home Ministry, official sources said today.

Two days ago, an NIA team has already conducted an inspection of the site in Vizianagaram near Kuneru where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express went off the track to ascertain if it was an “act of terror” as the railway suspected sabotage. At least 41 people were killed in the accident that took place on Saturday night.

Sources said the NIA team during inspection spoke to the railway officials and the injured at the hospital.  To get first hand information about the incident they too spoke to some eyewitnesses and passengers who were travelling in the ill-fated train.

The role of Pakistan’s snooping agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the derailment of Indore-Patna train on November 20 last year in Kanpur in which 150 people lost their lives is also being looked into.

Three persons arrested by Bihar Police in this connection had claimed sabotage by the ISI.

However, the NIA has found no evidence or input to this effect during its preliminary probe.

Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar and Mukesh Yadav, arrested from East Champaran district of Bihar, had claimed they had received Rs 3 lakh to plant IEDs at Ghorasahan railway station on October 1 last year.

The three had claimed they worked for the ISI and reportedly confessed about its possible role in the derailment.

The NIA had registered a case in this regard and started its probe. A team of officials had also gone to Bihar to question the accused.