The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in India has arrested three railway officials in connection with the Balasore train accident. The accident occurred in June in Odisha’s Balasore district. The officials have been charged with culpable homicide and destruction of evidence.
The three individuals arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Balasore train accident are senior Section engineer Arun Kumar Mohanta, section engineer Mohammad Amir Khan, and technician Pappu Kumar. They have been charged under Sections 304 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.
The CBI’s action comes after a month-long investigation and the findings of the Commissioner of Railways Safety report, which identified faulty signaling as the cause of the accident. The arrested individuals are accused of actions that led to the accident and tampering with evidence.
The CBI probe is also looking into any attempt, abetment, and/or conspiracy behind the incident. The initial FIR filed by the CBI included charges of causing death by negligence and endangering lives. The arrested individuals will be presented in court, and the CBI will seek their custody for further investigation.
On June 2, 2023, a tragic train accident occurred in Balasore district of Odisha, India. The accident involved the collision and derailment of three trains: the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, and a goods train. It resulted in the loss of nearly 300 lives and left over 800 people injured. The cause of the accident was attributed to faults in the signaling system and execution of signaling work.