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.