Odisha train tragedy CBI files chargesheet against 3 railway officials they destroyed evidence
Odisha train tragedy: CBI has filed a charge sheet against three arrested Railways officials for alleged culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence in connection with the Odisha train tragedy case.
Earlier on July 7, CBI arrested the three senior section engineer (Signals) Arun Kumar Mahanta, section engineer Amir Khand and technician Pappu Kumar, all posted in Balasore district in connection with its probe into the accident involving three trains. At least 296 people were killed in the tragedy and over 1,200 were injured.
The Coromandel Express collided with a stationary freight train at Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district on June 2, and several of its wrecked coaches fell onto adjacent tracks and collided with the arriving Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express.
The CBI charged the accused in its charge sheet submitted before the Special CBI court in Bhubaneswar under Indian Penal Code Section 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), Section 34 read with 201 (common cause read with destruction of evidence), and Section 153 of the Railways Act.
According to CBI officials, Mahanta repaired the level crossing gate number 94 near Bahanaga Bazar station using the circuit diagram of LC gate number 79.
The accused's responsibility was to ensure that the testing, overhauling, and interlocking installations were according to the approved plan and instructions which he did not do, CBI said.
- With inputs from agencies