Kanpur train tragedy: Police probe Pakistan link, three arrested
Jan 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
In a major revelation, the Bihar police on Tuesday hinted that Pakistan intelligence agency ISI was behind the Kanpur train derailment in which more than 140 persons had died on November 21 a year ago. Acting on the information provided by the Nepal police, the Bihar cops arrested the trio who also accepted about their involvement with the gang.
During interrogation, police claimed that they have confessed to having been paid Rs three lakh by a Nepali citizen identified as Brajesh Giri allegedly connected with the ISI for planting a bomb on railway tracks at Ghorasahan in East Champaran district in October 1 past year to cause an accident.
Moti Paswan - the man in question - had revealed that he was paid by the ISI to plant bomb along the rail tracks to trigger derailment of trains, he added.
"Fortunately, the bomb at Ghorasahan was detected with the help of villagers and defused", Rana said.
Police arrested Umashankar Patel, Motilal Paswan and Mukesh Yadav from different locations in Motihari, district headquarters town of East Champaran which is situated on Indo-Nepal border. SP Jitendra Rana also stated that as per revelations, the accused were given Rs 3 lakh to blow railway track at Ghorasahan and their links in Nepal Dubai and other places were being probed.
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Quoting Motihari SP, the news channel reported that the accused arrested in connection with a separate incident of attempted train tracks sabotage have confessed to getting payments from across the border to target popular trains in India. Sources said Paswan and his allies were being interrogated to find out if they had any role in train accidents in Kanpur and elsewhere as well.
"Three people arrested in Nepal - Brijkishore Giri, Muzahid Ansari and Shambhu - and two other men were active in this group".
Accused were paid to blow rail tracks at Ghorasahan.
Fifteen coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express (no.12987) derailed near Rura, around 70 kilometres from Kanpur, on December 28.
On November 20, at least 149 people were killed when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan station, 60 km from Kanpur. "There is a possibility that the derailment of Indore-Patna Express and the Shealdah-Ajmer Express were also carried out by these people".