Kolkata, Jan 14: BJP leader Roopa Ganguly on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the derailment of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri and claimed that there has been no “bad news” about trains over the years. But just before the assembly elections. The accident has happened in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa, elections are going to be held next month.
West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar, however, said there should be no controversy over the human tragedy and the cause of the accident would be known only after the investigation is completed. At least nine people were killed and 36 others injured when 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed near Domohani in Alipurduar sub-division of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). Some cans were found overturned or stacked on top of each other.
Can a train derail on its own? Does Rail Track think that elections are going to happen soon? There had been no bad news about trains for years. CBI inquiry should be ordered. No one should play with human life,” Ganguly said in a post on his official Facebook account. According to the NFR, 1,053 passengers were on board the train when the derailment took place.
Majumdar said there should be no controversy on the issue as Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has already spoken on it. “There should be no controversy over human tragedy. The (Railway) minister has already spoken on this issue. An inquiry will establish the cause (of the accident),” the state BJP chief said.
Earlier in the day, Vaishnav visited the train accident site in Jalpaiguri and said that preliminary reports suggest that there was “some problem” with the locomotive’s equipment. He said the actual cause of the accident would be ascertained only after the engine equipment was destroyed.
Asked about Ganguly’s demand, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said BJP leaders are contradicting the Railway Minister and a high-level inquiry should be ordered into the incident. “The tragic incident should not be politicised. He (Ganguly) has contradicted the Railway Minister who did not explain what he said. Comes under Railway Centre. Let there be a high level inquiry.”
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