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Odisha :CBI files chargesheet against three Railway officials in Bahanaga train accident case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against three Railway Officials in the Bahanaga train tragedy case which claimed 292 lives.

The charge sheet was filed in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, Bhubaneswar against the then SSE (Signal) Incharge, Balasore, then SSE (Signal), Soro and then Technician, Balasore in an on-going investigation of train mishap at Bahanaga Bazar Railway Station in Odisha‘s Balasore district.

The three accused railway officials were arrested on July 7 last and are presently in Judicial Custody.

CBI sources said based on evidence adduced during investigation of the case, commission of offences under sections 304 (Part II) of IPC (Culpable Homicide not amounting to murder), 34 r/w 201 of IPC (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence with common intention) and 153 of Railways Act, 1989 ( Endangering safety of persons travelling by Railways by willful act or omission) were made out against the three accused.

Accordingly, a charge-sheet has been filed against them.

The CBI had registered the instant case on June 6 last following the request of the Ministry of Railways, consent of the Odisha Government and further orders from DoPT(Government of India).

The triple train tragedy involving Coromandel Express, Yesvantpur-Howrah Express and a Goods train at Bahanaga Bazar in the State of Odisha on June 2 last.

The case was earlier registered at Balasore GRPS, GRP Cuttack (Odisha).

CBI sources said further investigation has been kept open on aspects of larger conspiracy and for possible involvement of others in the tragic train mishap.

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