CBI begins probe into Odisha train mishap

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated an investigation into the Balasore train accident in Odisha which had claimed the lives of 275 passengers and caused injuries to 1,000 others.

A 10-member team of the CBI today reached the accident site near Bahanaga railway station and launched a probe into the mishap, said Khurda Divisional Railway Manager Rinkesh Ray.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (South Eastern Circle) Shailesh Kumar Pathak also visited the spot today and began an investigation into the mishap.

The Railway Board had earlier recommended for a CBI probe into the train accident.

“The Railway Board recommended for the CBI probe on the basis of our administrative information regarding the mishap. The probe will include the circumstances of the train accident and the persons responsible for this,” informed Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw yesterday.

South Eastern Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Aditya Kumar Choudhury said the Commissioner of Railway Safety and the CBI are probing the mishap simultaneously.

“The Commissioner of Railway Safety and the CBI are probing the accident independently,” said the Railway Minister.

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