A day after a railway inquiry said the derailment of Jnaneswari Express in May was an act of sabotage, the CPI(M) on Friday wondered why Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee remained silent even when the CBI earlier blamed it on tampering of tracks and identified the people behind the incident that claimed 150 lives.
"Jnaneswari episode is a case of sabotage. The CBI report had already found it to be a case of sabotage and identified those behind it," CPI-M Central Committee member Shayaml Chakraborty said without mentioning Maoists and expressed surprise on the Railway Minister's silence on the agency's findings.
Yesterday, a report on statutory inquiry, conducted by the commissioner of railway safety S Nayak, said the May 28 accident was "due to tampering of track including removal of elastic rail clips and disturbance of cross level."
On May 29, the eve of the statewide civic elections, Banerjee had claimed that the accident was a result of political conspiracy. Later on July 21, she claimed that the CPI(M) activists were scientifically planning to sabotage the Railways.