CBI files chargesheet against 3 railway officials in Balasore train accident, accusing them of evidence destruction.

In connection with the tragic Balasore train accident, which resulted in the loss of approximately 290 lives and injuries to several hundred individuals, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken legal action against three railway employees who had previously been apprehended. These employees, namely Arun Kumar Mahanta, Md Amir Khan, and Pappu Kumar, now face charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.

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The train accident in Balasore, Odisha, occurred when multiple trains collided, marking a grim milestone in the history of the Indian Railways. The collision was attributed to a potential signal failure. Arun Kumar Mahanta held the position of a senior section engineer, while Mohammad Amir Khan served as a section engineer, and Pappu Kumar worked as a technician. The CBI took them into custody a month after the incident.

The charges against them are pursuant to sections 304 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code. The sequence of events leading to the devastating crash involved the Coromandel Express, the Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express, both traveling in opposite directions, and a goods train that was stationary at the Bahanaga Bazar railway station in Balasore.

The CBI’s investigation has revealed that Arun Kumar Mahanta, in his capacity as a senior section engineer, was responsible for repairing the level crossing gate number 94 near Bahanaga Bazar station. Shockingly, he utilized the circuit diagram of LC gate no. 79 for this task, deviating from the approved plan and instructions. His primary duty was to ensure that the testing, overhaul, and alterations to the existing signal and interlocking installations adhered to the prescribed guidelines, which he failed to do, contributing to the tragic accident.

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