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Train tragedy toll 141, Mamata alleges conspiracy; Yechury hits back
Published on 30 May. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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The death toll in the Jnaneswari Express disaster in West Midnapore district rose to 141 with 43 more bodies extricated till tonight, West Midnapore District Magistrate N S Nigam said.
The bodies were found after the engine of the goods train which had rammed into five of the 13 derailed coaches of the Express yesterday was lifted with the help of cranes, South Eastern Railway sources said.
A day after the deadly Gyaneshwari express derailment, Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee on Saturday ruled out any sabotage and blamed it all on political conspirators.
The Railway Minister, while addressing a press conference in Kolkata ahead of the West Bengal civic polls, said that the accident was a consequence of political conspiracy.
But she refrained from naming any particular group responsible for the derailment of the ill fated train. Describing the entire incident a heinous crime, Mamata Banerjee said that no mercy would be shown to those behind the incident.
Centre has agreed to order a CBI probe into the Gyaneswari express derailment, says Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. While refusing to disclose any information of the involvement of any group Mamata said “untile probe is over I can not pinpoint who is responsible for the Gyaneshwari express derailment”.
In a surprising disclosure Mamata said that the track on which the train ran is known as ‘long welded rail track’ that has no fish plates, falsifying the earlier theory of fish plates being removed from the tracks.
“Explosives were placed on the entire track. But yet we could not find out which kind of explosives were they”, Mamata Banerjee said.
Meanwhile Railway Board is taking precautionary measures by suspending late night trains running through dense forest areas.
“For political gains someone has tried to derail the Gyaneshwari express, Mamata said in the press conference.”
Expressing deep grief for all those who lost their lives in the Gyaneshwari express mishap she said “I am grateful to all the locals who have helped in the rescue operation and may God give peace to the departed souls.”
She also thanked all those young civilians who helped during the rescue operation.
She added that politics was being played when she was busy in the rescue operation and every one is making the railways a soft target as Railway is the cheapest means of communication for the common people.
CPI (M) slams Mamata
CPI (M) today rubbished apparent suggestions by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee that the Left party could be behind the Gynenshwari Express disaster in West Midnapore, alleging that she was trying to cover up “serious” lapses and failures of her ministry in the incident.
Senior CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury also said some elements were “cynically” using the situation to further their petty partisan interests and claimed that it was done to influence public opinion before Bengal civic polls.
Yechury said it was Banerjee’s duty to inform the country about her ministry’s preliminary observations on the cause of the derailment that claimed so many lives.

“She has rather chosen to shield the actual culprits by suggesting that Maoists may not be behind the sabotage...The minister continues to maintain that there was a blast that led to the accident while the Home Minister (P Chidambaram) has denied that possibility.

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