Jnaneswari Express derailment: Mahato, cousin remanded to CBI custody
One of the main accused in the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment, Bapi Mahato, and his cousin who sheltered him, were today remanded to 10 days CBI custody by a court in Jhargram.india Updated: Jun 22, 2010 19:00 IST
One of the main accused in the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment, Bapi Mahato, and his cousin who sheltered him, were on Tuesday remanded to 10 days CBI custody by a court in Jhargram.
The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jhargram, Sheikh Mohm Rezza allowed 10 days remand though CBI Special Public Prosecutor Partha Tapaswi had sought two weeks for interrogating the duo.
Bapi was charged under Section 150 (maliciously wrecking or attempting to wreck train) and Section 151 (damage or destruction of certain railway properties) of the Railway Act.
He was also charged under section 302 (murder) 307 (attempt to murder) and section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and under the Indian Explosives Act among others.
Vimal Mahato, who was arrested on June 20 along with Bapi for arranging his stay, was also remanded to 10 days CBI custody.
Bapi Mahato was arrested from a guest house at Adityapur, six km from Jamshedpur, in Jharkhand's Saraikela-Kharswan district by a joint team of the West Bengal and Jharkhand police.
The two, who were flown to Jhargram from Jharkhand by helicopter on Monday, were driven from the Midnapore Police Lines under stringent security to the court on Tuesday morning.
On Monday, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Saraikela, Indrason Yadav had granted a day's transit remand for the two to the CBI for production in the Jhargram court.
The CBI had announced a reward of Rs one lakh for information leading to Bapi's arrest.
The CBI had also announced a reward of similar amounts for PCPA convenor Asit Mahato and senior PCPA leader Umakant Mahato, who were absconding.
The Jnaneswari Express had derailed at Sardiha in West Bengal's West Midnapore district on May 28 resulting in the death of 148 passengers.