The Centre on Wednesday accepted Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s demand for a CBI enquiry into the derailment of the Gyaneshwari Express in West Bengal on May 28 that killed 148 passengers.
Though Mamata’s demand came immediately after the crash, the home ministry had initially reluctant to oblige her.
While the state government has held the Maoists responsible, Mamata has consistently refused to indict them.
“We have issued the necessary orders,” a home ministry official said, adding the West Bengal and the Railway police would both be part of the probe.
On the day of her resounding victory in the West Bengal civic polls, the Centre allowed a triumphant Banerjee make the decision public.
“I have come to know the Union Home Ministry has decided to order a CBI probe into the disaster,” she told a press conference in Kolkata.
The state police on Wednesday arrested four suspected Maoists, describing them as active local squad members who provided support to the Maoists who removed fishplates and cut the tracks.