Railways seeks CBI inquiry into Balasore Triple train accident

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Balasore: The railways sought a CBI inquiry into the Balasore train crash on Sunday, there is a possible sabotage and tampering with the electronic interlocking system, which detects the presence of trains, led to the Friday accident.

The Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the root cause of the accident and the people behind the criminal act have been identified. Many opposition parties demanded  for a Railway Minister Vaishnaw’s resignation calling for fixing accountability from top to bottom. We have recommended a CBI probe into the triple train accident, Vaishnaw told reporters in Bhubaneswar on Sunday evening.

Earlier in the day, he said the cause of the accident was related to an electric point machine and electronic interlocking. The setting of the point machine was changed. How and why it was done will be revealed in the probe report, he said.

The death toll in the three-train crash on Friday the death toll is 275 by the Odisha Government which said some bodies were counted twice earlier.

With 187 bodies yet to be identified, keeping them till the time they are claimed by the victims’ kin. 110 bodies were being kept at the AIIMS Bhubaneswar, the remaining has been sent to Capital Hospital, Amri Hospital, Sum Hospital and some other private facilities. Anxious relatives thronged the NOCCI Business Park to identify photos of passengers displayed by authorities.

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