CBI team reaches Odisha train accident site, inquiry begins
A CBI probe has been recommended into the recent train accident in Odisha which left 275 dead and over 1,100 injured. Of 275 dead, 101 bodies are yet to be identified.
A total of 101 bodies are yet to be identified out of 275 people who died in the Odisha train accident, said officials on Monday, adding that around 200 injured are still being treated in hospitals. The tragic train accident in Odisha has left more than 1,100 people injured.
The decision to involve the CBI was prompted by findings from a preliminary probe that suggested "deliberate interference" in the signaling system, necessitating a thorough investigation by a professional agency.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has been overseeing the restoration work at the crash site, announced on Sunday evening that a CBI probe had been recommended into the accident.
Earlier speculations of sabotage and tampering with the electronic interlocking system, which detects train presence, had surfaced as potential causes for the collision involving the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, and a goods train.
While the CBI takes charge of the investigation, the focus remains on restoring confidence in the safety of railway operations and preventing future mishaps.
The Odisha train accident has underscored the importance of stringent measures to safeguard the integrity of signaling systems and the need for a thorough examination of railway safety practices.
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