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Business News/ News / India/  Odisha train accident: Railway Board recommends CBI probe into crash

Days after a horrific three train crash claimed 275 lives in Odisha's Balasore, the probe has now been recommended CBI. The announcement was made by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw soon after he asserted that the "root cause" of the accident and the people behind the "criminal" act have been identified.

"Keeping everything in mind...whatever administrative information has been received so far...the Railway Board has recommended that further investigation be carried out by the CBI," he told reporters. 

According to updates shared by the Railway Minister, the cause of the accident was related to electric point machine and electronic interlocking.

"The setting of the point machine was changed. How and why it was done will be revealed in the probe report. The root cause of the horrifying incident has been identified... I do not want to go into details. Let the report come out. I will just say that the root cause and the people responsible for the criminal act have been identified," he had said.

Vaishnaw, who had been camping at the site of the train accident along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, said two railway tracks have been restored on the main trunk line connecting eastern and southern India and overhead electrification work has also started.

Officials said till the overhead electric cable is repaired, only diesel locomotives can be run and it may take another three days before electric trains can ply.

(with inputs from agencies)

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Updated: 04 Jun 2023, 11:18 PM IST
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