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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