7 Jun 2023

Odisha Train Tragedy: CBI Team Seizes Phones Of Railway Employees On Duty

Bhubaneswar: The CBI inquiring into the June 2 Bahanaga train tragedy has seized the phones of some of the Railway employees who were on duty on the day of the horrifying accident.

The train accident has so far claimed 288 lives and left over around one thousand injured.

Sources said the CBI team along with the Forensic and Technical team examined the main line, loop line and seized the mobile phones of some of the employees who were on duty on the day of the accident.

The team is likely to examine the call records, WhatsApp calls, messages and social media usage of the staff during its investigation.

The CBI team arrived at the Bahanaga Bazar Railway station on Wednesday and spent nearly 45 minutes investigating the accident.

The team had visited the main line, loop line, signal room, control room and had held discussion with some officials on Tuesday.

The CBI is inquiring into the incident on the basis of the recommendation made by the Railway Board. In addition to CBI, the Railway Safety Commission is also probing the accident.

CBI probe ordered only to mislead people: Cong

Odisha Congress legislature party leader Narashingha Mishra however, has come down on Railway Minister for CBI probe into the Bahanaga train tragedy.

He told newsmen that the CBI probe has been ordered only to misled and divert the attention of the people on the disastrous accident and demanded the resignation of Aswani Vaishnaw holding him responsible for the accident.


Efforts being made to suppress facts: Mamata

In Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday described the Bahanaga railway disaster in Odisha as the biggest train tragedy in this century, and alleged that efforts were being made to suppress the facts.

“It is the biggest incident in this century, yet efforts are being made to suppress facts. We want to know why and how the incident took place,” she said.

“We have, so far, received 86 dead bodies, the remaining bodies are yet to be identified,” she said.

“All those who have lost their lives, we can’t bring them back. What we can do, instead, is to secure their families future. We need to make sure that those who lost their lives, their children, their parents, and their spouse, are not left alone during these troubling times,” Banerjee said.

The chief minister provided financial assistance and distributed appointment letters for the job of a home guard to the next of kin of the victims of the mishap.

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