In a significant development in the investigation of the Balasore train accident, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned a Signal Junior Engineer and sealed his residence in connection with the tragic incident. The Balasore triple train accident resulted in the loss of 292 lives and left around 1,000 people injured, prompting a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The CBI team, which had earlier visited the accident site on June 16, returned on June 19 to seal the residence of the engineer in the Soro section of Balasore. The engineer, identified as Amir Khan, was initially questioned at an undisclosed location during the preliminary investigation. Subsequently, the CBI took the step of sealing his rented house, leading to speculation that Khan and his family were absconding. However, the Railways spokesperson refuted these reports, clarifying that all members of the staff were present and accounted for.
Preliminary findings from the Indian Railways’ probe suggested potential interference with the electronic interlocking system and points, which are crucial for ensuring the safe movement of trains. The initial investigation indicated that the signal on the line had been manipulated, raising concerns about the integrity of the signaling equipment. A Signal Junior Engineer holds a pivotal role in maintaining and repairing signaling equipment, including signals, track circuits, point machines, and interlocking systems.
In addition to sealing Khan’s residence, the CBI also took the step of sealing the Bahanaga station and confiscating the log book, relay panel, and other relevant equipment. The sealing of the relay interlocking system has resulted in the suspension of access for employees, effectively closing down the station until further notice. Consequently, passenger and goods trains will not be halting at the Bahanaga Bazar station, and all operations at the station have been suspended.
Sources close to the investigation have revealed that the CBI is examining the potential involvement of five railway employees, including the station master, at the Bahanaga Bazar station where the accident occurred. Four other employees, responsible for signaling-related work and on duty at the time of the accident, are also under scrutiny.
As the investigation progresses, the CBI aims to ascertain the exact cause of the Balasore train accident and identify any lapses or irregularities that may have contributed to the tragic incident. The sealing of the engineer’s residence and the station itself underscores the seriousness with which the investigation is being conducted. The CBI remains committed to ensuring that those responsible for any negligence or wrongdoing are held accountable, in order to prevent such accidents and safeguard the lives of passengers in the future.
The nation anxiously awaits further updates from the ongoing investigation, hoping for answers and a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances that led to the Balasore train crash.
Sources By Agencies