Balasore Train Probe: CBI Summons Bahanaga Bazar Station Master

BHUBANESHWAR: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday summoned the station master of Bahanaga Bazar Station in Odisha’s Balasore district in connection with the July 2 train crash that left 293 persons killed and nearly a thousand people injured.

The CBI has asked station master SB Mohanty to appear at its Bhubaneswar office on July 11.

On Friday, three railway personnel were arrested for their lapses that led to the disastrous mishap. The arrested railway officials are Arun Kumar Mahanta (senior section engineer-signal), Mohammed Amir Khan (section engineer) and Technician Pappu Kumar.

They were posted in Balasore, a nearby station of Bahanaga Bazar Station where the train crash took place on July 2 evening.

According to sources, a five-member team of the central probe agency on Sunday continued its interrogation of the arrested officials.

The three railway staff were arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The trio is currently lodged at the Chandaka Police Station instead of the CBI office owing to security arrangements, sources informed, adding, the probe agency had also summoned another railway employee in connection with the case. After apprehending the trio, the CBI had on Saturday produced the accused before the court and sought seven-day remand for questioning.

However, the Special Court in Bhubaneswar granted five days of remand to CBI.

Earlier this week, the inquiry report of the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South Eastern Circle stated that the deadly train mishap occurred due to lapses in the signaling circuit alteration carried out at the North Signal Goomty (of the station) in the past.

The triple train accident involving Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train laden with iron ore on June 2 at Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore claimed over 293 lives.ore Trai. ProBI Summons Bahanaga Bazar Statio

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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