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‘With trains running 365 days in the year, such incidents can happen'
Mamata insists that timing of derailment is suspicious
KOLKATA: Reacting to criticism on inadequate passenger safety measures after the derailment of a train in the city's underground system, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday did not rule out the possibility of sabotage, but said that with trains running 365 days in the year, such incidents could happen.
“Trains run for 365 days in the year and this incident has happened. It should not have happened, but only an investigation will reveal whether it was an incident or an accident,” Ms. Banerjee said.
Promising a thorough investigation, Ms. Banerjee said it would reveal “whether the officials of Metro Railway were to blame or if leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) were responsible.”
Training her guns on the CPI(M), Ms. Banerjee said: “From Jnaneswari express derailment to the incident at Sainthia to this derailment, they have been creating a stir, but you know who is behind the investigation.”
However, the ongoing Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the May 28 derailment of the Jnaneswari Express that claimed 150 lives has indicated that the incident was planned and executed by the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) and the initial reports of the Railways into the incident at Sainthia pinned the blame on the train driver.
Ms. Banerjee insisted that the timing of the derailment (it occurred at 9:30 a.m., a peak time for the Metro Railway when passengers are rushing to offices) itself was suspicious.
“It was deliberately done during office time,” Ms. Banerjee said.
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