6 Jun 2023

Odisha Train Accident: CBI Begins Probe; Over 100 Bodies Not Yet Identified

CBI has started the investigation of Odisha train accident. The CBI team visited the spot on Monday evening. On the other hand, out of 278 people who died in the accident, 101 bodies have not been identified.

DRM Bhubaneshwar Rinkesh Roy told on Tuesday that out of 1100 injured people, 900 were discharged after treatment. Around 200 people are undergoing treatment in various hospitals of the state.

Online links issued to help families of those affected in mishap

Railways in collaboration with Odisha government has released online links, to help the families of those affected in the accident.

In these, the pictures of the dead and the list of passengers admitted in all the hospitals have been given. More than 200 calls have been received so far on the helpline number 1929 issued by BMC. The dead bodies are being identified and handed over to the relatives.

Railways has ordered to improve the system so that accidents like Balasore don't happen in the future. From signaling to locking system will be investigated. At the same time, all the equipment installed in the station master and control room center will be reviewed.

TMC behind the accident: Suvendu Adhikari

Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition in West Bengal and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Monday alleged that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was behind the Odisha train accident.

"This incident (Odisha train accident) is TMC's conspiracy. They are behind the incident," Adhikari alleged. "Why have they been panicking so much since yesterday when this incident is of another state. Why are they afraid of CBI investigation?" he said.

Suvendu Adhikari referred to a purported audio clip of a conversation between two railway officials which was posted by TMC leader Kunal Ghosh on Twitter on Sunday.

He further said, "These people with the help of the police tapped the phones of both the railway officials. How did these people know the conversation between two railway officials? How the conversation got leaked. This should come in the CBI investigation. If it doesn't come, I will go to court."

Kavach fund was allotted but not spent

After the accident, questions are being raised about why safety shield Kavach was not installed in the trains. A report said that out of the budget allocated for indigenous technology for Balasore, which comes under South East Railway (SER), not a single penny has been spent in the last three years.

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