AP Mishap: Rlys Cites Sabotage Theory Yet Again

Ramalingayapalli (AP), Dec 22: | Updated: Dec 23 2002, 05:30am hrs
An act of sabotage by a Naxalite outfit has been cited as the reason for the derailment of the Kacheguda-Bangalore Express from Hyderabad, which left 20 persons dead and close to 100 injured here in the wee hours of Saturday.

It is all a planned act of a Naxalite group, South Central Railway general manager SM Singla told PTI on Sunday, a day after nine bogies of the Bangalore-bound train jumped off the track in this remote village in Andhra Pradesh. Mr Singla said the rail has been cut and iron filings available at the accident site below the tracks also justified the belief about use of hacksaw blades. Four or five hacksaw blades have also been recovered near the track, he added.

The texture of the fillings powder is smooth, he said, adding had it been a normal break, the texture would be in a granule shape. The track has been cut using the hacksaw blade, he said. Mr Singla said with the police turning the heat on the Naxalites, their groups might have spanned out and sneaked into this region, taking advantage of the police apparently being on lower guard.