West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram have agreed on not involving the CBI in the Gyaneshwari Express train accident as the state police have almost cracked the case, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday.
Yechury told reporters in New Delhi that Bhattarcharjee had conveyed to Chidambaram that there was no need for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till the police investigation is over and report filed.
“The home minister held a discussion (on the train accident) with the West Bengal chief minister. Buddhadeb told him the state police have almost cracked the case and if the case is handed over to the CBI, it will delay the investigation. Both of them agreed to wait till the report comes,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader said.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is chief of the state's opposition Trinamool Congress, has been demanding a CBI inquiry into the accident, which she blames on her political rivals.
However, the home minister on Monday contradicted his cabinet colleague saying the needle of suspicion was pointing towards the Maoist guerrillas who are suspected to have removed a piece of the railway track to cause the derailment of the Mumbai-bound train on Friday.
Around 150 people were killed after a goods train coming from the opposite direction smashed through some of the derailed coaches.