Railways sniffs sabotage, seeks CBI probe into UP track damage

Railways sniffs sabotage, seeks CBI probe into UP track damage

Detection of missing fish plates and elastic rail clips on the tracks near Kanpur in poll-bound UP on January 1, a day ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s Lucknow rally, has prompted the railways to seek a CBI inquiry into a suspected sabotage bid.

Already rattled by two accidents — the derailment of Indore-Patna Express on November 20 and Sealdah-Ajmer Express on December 28 — in the same section, the railways took no chances when its patrolling staff found that fish plates had been removed between Kalyanpur and Mandhana Railway stations of Farrukhabad-Kanpur Anwarganj section on January 1.

Parts of the tracks were also damaged by a hacksaw. “The sabotage bid (on January 1) forced us to seek a CBI probe to ensure that the truth comes out,” a railway official said, adding that the scope of the investigation may widen to cover both accidents if investigators found a common thread. Read More…

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