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Mamata suspicious about cause of train accident

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today said there was "some doubt" over the West Bengal train accident in which at least 49 people were killed.

kolkata Updated: Jul 19, 2010 14:52 IST

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee was "suspicious" about the cause of the accident involving Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express and Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in Birbhum district early today.

"I am suspicious about the cause of the accident," Banerjee told reporters here when asked about the circumstances that led to the mishap.

"We have some doubt in our mind. Whatever happened is not casual thing. We will take all strong step against those who are behind this," she said before proceeding for the accident site.

She, however, did not elaborate, but said that she had ordered an inquiry.

She also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and employment to one member of each family of the dead.

The seriously injured would receive Rs 1 lakh and those with minor injuries Rs 25,000, she said.

Describing it as "a sad incident", she said: "Human lives are very important."

The minister said: "We are really sorry for this. Sorry to see two incidents take place in West Bengal in two months."

"Whatever happens is not (a) casual thing. We will take necessary action. We will take strong steps whoever is behind this."

The incident comes within two months of the Jnaneshwari train disaster near Jhargram that left 148 dead. The Railway Minister had alleged a 'political conspiracy' behind it.

(With PTI, IANS inputs)

First Published: Jul 19, 2010 10:24 IST