Sordiha Train Sabotage: CBI announces rewards for tracing suspects

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    30 killed as train derails in India -- Maoists suspected

    KOLKATA (AFP)


    An express train packed with sleeping passengers derailed in India Friday and slammed into a goods train, killing at least 30 people in an apparent attack by Maoist rebels, officials said.

    More fatalities were feared in the mangled wreckage after 13 carriages of the Mumbai-bound express train careened off the tracks in the state of West Bengal and collided with the oncoming freight train.

    Initial reports indicated the derailment may have been triggered by an act of sabotage, with officials pointing the finger at Maoist rebels who are active in the region of eastern India.

    The official death toll stood at 15, but a doctor treating the injured at the site told the NDTV television network that at least 30 people had been killed.

    West Bengal Relief Minister Mortaja Hussain said hundreds of people had yet to be rescued from the train, which was heading to India's financial capital Mumbai from the West Bengal state capital Kolkata.

    Railways Minister Mamata Bannerjee, who rushed to the site, said she had originally been told that the derailment had been caused by an explosion on the tracks.


    Map of India locating West Midnapore district, where an explosion by suspected Maoist rebels triggered a trail derailment Friday, killing at least 15 people.
    However, several railway officials said it seemed a section of rail had been removed.

    "The fear is that this was a Maoist attack," Bannerjee told reporters.

    "The railways are a soft target. They are a lifeline ... which the Maoists have attacked in the past and, it seems, even now," she added.

    The incident occurred at around 1:30 am (2000 GMT Thursday) in the district of West Midnapore -- a Maoist stronghold some 135 kilometres (85 miles) west of Kolkata.

    Maoist fighters waging a bloody rebellion have been responsible for several train derailments in eastern India in recent months.

    The government is reviewing its anti-Maoist strategy after a series of deadly attacks, including the bombing of a bus in the central state of Chhattisgarh earlier this month that killed 24 civilians and 11 police.

    Until now, the government has resisted calls to deploy the military against the rebels, preferring instead to use regular and paramilitary police as the front-line force.

    But Home Minister P. Chidambaram -- who has borne the brunt of public criticism over the handling of the insurgency -- recently acknowledged that changes were needed and said he would request wider powers.


    In 2002, 100 were killed and 150 hurt when a carriage plunged into a river in India's northeastern state of Bihar
    The insurgency began in West Bengal state in 1967 in the name of defending the rights of tribal groups, and has since spread to 20 of India's 28 states.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has labelled the Maoists the biggest internal security threat to India.

    Friday's incident appeared to be the worst loss of life on India's enormous rail network since 22 people were killed last October, when a Delhi-bound express ploughed into the back of another passenger train near the Taj Mahal town of Agra.

    The railway system -- the main form of long-distance travel in India despite fierce competition from private airlines -- runs 14,000 passenger and freight trains a day, carrying 18.5 million people.

    Past accidents have left hundreds dead.

    In 2002, 100 were killed and 150 hurt when a carriage plunged into a river in the northeastern state of Bihar, while in 1995 more than 300 died in a collision near Ferozabad, near Agra.

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    Accoding to TV news the death toll can be much higher. The location has no road connectivity. So IAF helicopters have been sent from Kolaikunda for relief works. Railway sources 4 train had passed through the same route within short span little before the accident. Most probably it was done by a blast.
     
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    Death toll is now at 65 persons.
     
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    Maximum death, damage caused by collision: Railways

    The Railways has said death and damage would have been far less in the train accident in West Bengal early on Friday if a goods train had not rammed the derailed coaches of the Mumbai-bound Gyaneshwari Express.

    Vivek Sahai, member traffic, railways board, said 20 people were confirmed dead as of now and 104 had been injured. The maximum damage he said was caused by the impact of the collision, with three coaches of the Gyaneshwari Express bearing the brunt. The dead and injured from one coach had been taken out he said, but it was proving more difficult to rescue people from the two other coaches, which were badly damaged.

    Three grievously injured people had been airlifted, he said, and 45 others were already in hospital by early morning.

    Sahai too said a red alert had been sounded from midnight of May 28 owing to the Maoist call for a series of "Black Days" and the Railways had taken precautions. A single light engine had been run on the track a few hours before the accident and about five trains had run on it thereafter at intervals of 15 to 20 minutes, he said. The speed of all trains running in the night through Maoist-infested areas was no more than 45 kmph, he added.

    The Maoists attacked after the patrolling. The timing was crucial.

    Sahai said the driver of the Gyaneshwari Express had reported that he heard a loud sound "which makes us believe that there may have been a blast ot tinkering or sabotage with the tracks."

    The railway board member said it would take about 24 hours to restore services. "Once trapped persons are taken out, restoration work will be quickly done," he said. But what needs to be worked out is how trains would be scheduled given the Maoist threat in five state.

    Sahai said the Railways would work out those details in the next one day.

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    R.I.P. to the victims.
     
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    May the souls of the departed R.I.P.
     
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    TNT, Gelatin sticks found on blast site. Bomb blast caused the derailment.
     
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    so is this country still going to debate how to retaliate to the continuous maoist terrorism, and if yes, then how many more have to die before the country firms up to some sort of a clear cut strategy? each of these pointless debates that follow post such incident reminds me of bomb blasts in bombay where prior to 26/11 every blast used to lead to the bull crap discussion of "spirit of the city" since people used to jump back to work the next day, not understanding the necessity of going back to work, which then used to be portrayed as some sort of an answer to terrorism. did someone ever go and talk this nonsense of "spirit of the city" with the kinfolk of people who were lost to all such terror attacks.

    isnt it ironic, none of the left leaning intellectuals and the human right activists ever get targeted nor do these thugs ever take out processions against these terrorists, and against their acts of terror.

    i was of the opinion 6/4 was a defining moment against the left extremists but it seems we need many more 6/4's, 28/5's and may be still we wont have an answer and if that is the case then why does the government not go and request the maoists to take over the reigns of the country, atleast by doing that the innocents wont lose their lives. till now PCAPA was mainly focusing on extortion, but now they seem to have joined the party as well, first the hijack and now this. Mr PM just by saying maoists are the gravest threat to national security wont help, and ask your railways minister to get her act together.
     
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    maoist terrorism has become political problem from social one.There is no doubt about political parties using maoist for their political end thats why we find most of the political parties going soft on maosts.Mamta banarjee for example in above report.left parties sympathy for maoists not hidden too.now some of the leaders like digvijay singh,ambika soni and mani shankar iyer from inner circles of gandhi family are subverting PC's moves against maoists.Above all maoists have faithful sympathizers in media and intellectuals which project them as robinhoods.
     
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    First of all, RIP to the innocent people who got killed due to the terrorist act.

    TR,

    Didn't PC himself said that he has limited mandate to fight maoists. This clearly indicates that people in GoI are holding back PC to go berserk against these terrorist scum. If GoI itself is not firm enough in handling this situation how can we expect states to take the initiative though the states are supposed to be at the front of this battle. But given the pan-indian movement of these terrorists through the jungles it needs a coordinated efforts from the states and GoI is the one who should co-ordinate and supply ammo and boots to take out this weed threatening and overgrowing the crop. Till then our hearts will keep bleating and people at the helm keep enjoying their perks and busy accumulating money in swiss banks.
     
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    you its is so surprising. the same digvijay singh, the same mani shankar iyer, the same ambika soni, the same human right activits, the same left intellectuals thrash the bjp for the gujarat riots where 1,500 people were killed but when the same number gets killed systematically year on year they try and reason it out. at one end human life has a huge value and on the other human life makes makes no difference, dead or alive they are all the same.

    did someone say human life comes cheep in india, it bloody well does!
     
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    The only leftist was targeted by the Maoist is Budhdhadev Bhattachariya who is not so left......his convoy was bombed in west Medinipur. Following police action to nab the maoist outfits created resentment among tribals in Lalgarh area and then rise of Chatradhar Mahato as a leader.

    But CPI(M) supporters are being regularly killed by Maoist as they are considered a class enemy too.
     
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    Those sympathizers should be deported to PRC. Then only they'll come to know the importance of law & order. Gaining publicity by making radical statements is their bread. At will, maoists are pushing buttons to kill in numbers. Before territorial integrity is endangered on International level, we should bring in the armed rains!
     
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    The task is not so easy. The Maoists recruit kids of 14-15 years too who will eventually die without understanding what they were fighting for. I think, more than these kids who carry arms, those who live in AC rooms and feign to be sypathizer to the poors are to be sent to jails.

    But we dont have any option left other than crushing them even it mean death of those kids along with hardcore Maoists and their theoritical leaders. As they are going unchecked their moral is high atleast when you compare withthat of our beaten up police force. Once I met a jawan of special force of WB Police who was injured in mine blast in W Medinipur (22 jawans were killed in the blast). The tough guy was devasted completely seeing his companions to die helplessly even without getting an opportunity to fight back. Similarly the Maoist cadres will breakdown psychologically if enough casualities can be inflicted among them. Only then you can expect them to be dis-integrated leaving their leaders. The fight to be taken on psychological level now.....
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Maoists-trigger-train-crash-100-die/articleshow/5985997.cms

    Maoists trigger train crash, 100 die
    Caesar Mandal, TNN, May 28, 2010, 07.10pm IST

    JHARGRAM: A gruesome act of sabotage, suspected to be the handiwork of Maoists, left more than 100 train passengers dead and 160 severely injured near Jhargram, West Midnapore, 150 km from Kolkata early on Friday. The 2102 up Mumbai-bound Jnaneswari Express derailed between Khemashuli and Sardiha stations at 1.15am and was rammed by a goods train racing down the next track, barely five minutes after its compartments had been hurled on to the other track.

    The accident site was a horrific scene of blood and gore. Mangled bodies hung out of crushed carriages. Torn off limbs and chunks of flesh were scattered everywhere. Screams of those trapped mingled with the shouts of survivors looking for their loved ones. As the hours dragged on, many of the screams gradually faded out.

    While 13 compartments of the passenger train were severely damaged, the goods train engine scraped the right side of the express, peeling off the compartment walls and tearing apart dozens of people, before it slammed into two bogies reducing them into a mass of twisted metal. At least 50 mangled bodies that were dragged by the goods train are suspected to be pasted to its engine.

    Maoists are said to have removed about 50 feet of pandrol clips - that fasten fishplates to the sleepers - from both tracks. One-and-half feet of the up-line track is missing at the point where compartment S3 had come to rest. While the railways alleged sabotage, the CRPF found a PCPA poster from the accident site which claimed responsibility for the act. DGP Bhupinder Singh said at the accident site that it was a Maoist act and that preliminary inquiries strongly support the suspicion. The state government will take stern action against the culprits, he said.

    It had been an uneventful journey for Gyaneshwari Express till well past midnight. It left Kharagpur at 12.35pm and chugged past Khemashuli station at 70km/hr. Just before Sardiha, the engine driver heard a noise. Before he could react, the wheels started slipping off the track near the 134/11 post. He pulled the brakes near post number 134/13 but the train rolled for about 150 metres before it tumbled to a halt near post 134/17.

    Thirteen compartments were thrown off the tracks. While coaches S2 and S3 tilted to a side, S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8 skidded about 70 feet and landed on the opposite track. Barely five minutes later, before the survivors could recover from the shock, an iron ore-laden goods train was heard approaching from the opposite direction.

    An emergency signal was sent to the goods train but it was too late. The driver pulled the brakes but the sheer momentum carried it on to the stranded bogies. One can only imagine the horror of the passengers on coaches S5 and S6 as they saw the train draw near. Both compartments were tossed in the air and crushed like tin cans. There were no survivors.

    "There was a violent jerk and the lights went off. Everyone was thrown to the floor and the luggage started dropping from the bunks. The compartment tilted to the right and slammed on the ground. We somehow managed to get out," said Neelam Saluja, who was traveling with her daughter and husband in another coach.

    While the Jnaneswari Express drivers escaped with minor injuries, the co-driver of the goods train was killed. The driver jumped out and escaped.

    Kharagpur and Jhargram stations were alerted, but rescue efforts took time. The site is 12 km from Jhargram and there are no villages within 3-4 km. CRPF personnel from the Belpara and Manikpara camps were the first to reach the spot at 3am. They were followed by an RPF rescue team. The jawans did whatever they could in pitch darkness. It was only at first light that the operation gathered pace with three CRPF battalions, comprising 500 jawans, slicing into compartments with gas cutters and pulling out the trapped and the dead.

    Initially, the injured were taken to hospitals in CRPF ambulances. Soon, the Air Force got in the act, deploying six helicopters to airlifting the seriously injured to hospitals in Kharagpur and Midnapore and Jhargram.

    Railway minister Mamata Banerjee, who is camping at the spot, said trains have become a soft target. "We have 65000 km of rail track running through villages and most express and mail trains travel at night. It is easy to target them," said the minister, accusing the Maoists of the sabotage.

    An inspection engine is believed to have piloted the Ranchi-Hatia Express down the same track at 12.37pm. No damage was reported then. "This is clearly an act of sabotage," said Dilip Mitra, ADG of the railways.
     
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    what i think is that indian political elites allow problem to fester and then when is grows big they run like headless chicken.Take any example of terrorism movement in india....be it punjab,kashmir,northeast and now Maoist.All result of govt. miss-handling.And they wake up only when india is slapped hard like during kargil and 26/11 to pay heavy price,,some ministers are made to resign and things comeback to square one.
     
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    well indian life sure is cheap between the political tug war of parties.didnt ToI was reasoning the same just 2 months after the mumbai killing that more die of tuberculosis and due to road accidents than the result of terrorism.If we have such an idiotic thinking among our intellectuals who always trying to euate two different problems then i thinlk there is no room for surprise .its just like cruel joke being played on those who die.....
     
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    And who gonna do it???? our govt....no it wont when the ruling elite think it gonna effect its votes if it take harsh actions then sure there is big problem with their mindset .india ha to deport our rulers to PRC first who treats everything as vote-bank problem.
     
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    Ah..Does lives of armymen or paramilitarymen or policemen mean anything for indian govt...well for them they are paid to die so why it will make indian govt even feign sympathy???either the kids or the jawans one has to die when both are made to point guns against each other..but for their master(govt incase of jawans and maoist leaders in case of kids) their live doesnt matter..
     
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    Finally, an article with balls challenging the center

    Centre lacks stomach for an all-out war against Naxals?


    NEW DELHI: What Congress's core committee discusses when it meets on Friday is privileged. Even an informal briefing is rare. The agenda is decided in advance and often the news of the day is not on the menu. Hopefully, it will be this Friday. If there was a moment of reckoning, it is at hand.

    Irrespective of whether it was a bomb or track sabotage that led to the outrage in Jhargram on Friday, the signal for UPA-2 is unambiguous. There is an enemy at the gate who won't wait patiently while the government settles debates over "limited mandates".

    Home minister P Chidambaram's confession that he has a restricted mandate in dealing with Maoists is not, as some believe, only about use of air power by means of helicopter gunships. Despite his efforts to cloak it by invoking the role of states, it is about preparedness for an all-out battle, to have the stomach to bear certain reverses and hunt down a ruthless enemy.

    Barely had the Centre injected some steel into its anti-Naxal campaign, voices in Congress cried stop. Party general secretary Digvijay Singh described Maoists as misled ideologues. Former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar shared the sentiment.

    Maoists were not terrorists. Indeed, Chidambaram may have erred in some of his pronouncements, but confusing essentials will not help. Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged Red terror as a serious internal security threat, it is only recently that his government decided to do something about it. The effort still lacks conviction. Apart from dissonance within Congress, Mamata Banerjee sees the ultras as indirect allies against the Left though the railway minister may now realize the cost of cuddling up to a grizzly.

    Officers engaged in anti-Naxal operations say while the job is difficult, it is not impossible. Given the go-ahead, they can combat the Red menace and take the war to the Maoists. But every time a Maoist leader dies, he may not be in guerrilla fatigues. Security personnel need legal defence against an army of activists who file suits to harass those who put their lives on the line.

    Fear of collateral damage is not unreasonable. An extra-judicial killing can set the battle against Naxals back by years. It took more than a decade for a strong consensus to build in the 1990s in Punjab to root out Khalistanis. It is just possible the murder of passengers on the Howrah-Kurla train may birth such a consensus. This, however, will still not be enough unless Centre and states put their heads together and get the basics right. Like motivating, arming and beefing up districts and thanas at the warfront.

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    Screw those bloody human rights naxal sympathizers. Maoists are not attacking the govt. but civilians. MMS should show some balls and give whatever mandate to PC and ask for deadline to eradicate this nuisance.
     

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