Vizianagaram, January 23
Several doubts are arising on Hirakhand express train accident in which as many as 33 passengers died. The railway top-brass blamed it on sabotage, pointing accusing fingers at the Left Wing extremists on the ground that the accident site falls under the Maoist-infested region on the Andhra-Odisha border.
Kuneru station, Komarada mandal, Vizianagaram district, happened to have a notorious past of Maoist violence during the last one decade. Railway officials suspect the train accident as sabotage ahead of Republic Day celebrations.
A goods train ran on the same route before the express train. Railway staff also said that they have inspected the track also. They questioned as to how the track broke off then? Railway police are investigating the case taking all angles into consideration. No official statement was released yet.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said a detailed inquiry will be taken up and assured to provide compensation to the victims. The central minister visited the accident spot and enquired with the officials about the accident details. Later he consoled the victims undergoing treatment in a local hospital.