Kanpur train accidents carried out with ISI orders: Bihar Police

In 2016, the Indore-Patna Express derailment on November 21 led to the death of at least 151 passengers and on December 28, more than 50 people were injured when Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed, again near Kanpur.

Kanpur train accidents carried out with ISI orders: Bihar Police

In a shocking revelation, Bihar Police has claimed that the two major train accidents near Kanpur which resulted in deaths of 151 passengers and injuries to 200 others, were carried out on the instructions of Pakistan's external spy agency ISI.

Reportedly, the police exposed ISI hand on the arrest of three criminals Umashankar Patel, Motilal Paswan and Mukesh Yadav from Motihari on the Indo-Nepal border who were working at the instance of an ISI agent, a Nepalese citizen based in Dubai.


Times of India in its report quoted District SP Jitender Rana as saying, "These criminals were arrested for their involvement in placing a cooker bomb on the railway track near Ghorasahan in the district on October 1 last year. They have confessed to having worked for an ISI agent." He added that one of them confessed to his involvement in planting explosives to derail the Indore-Patna Express and Ajmer-Sealdah Express trains near Kanpur last year.

With the case throwing up clear external linkages with conspirators based in Nepal, Pakistan and UAE, the NIA is closely following the investigation by the Bihar police.

"Our team of investigators are in touch with the local police and will examine the disclosures made by the arrested accused. If our preliminary conclusions vet the ISI-link theory, there is a possibility of NIA taking over the investigation," said an NIA official.

It is to be noted that the plot could have led to more deaths if they had succeeded in derailing a passenger train by setting off an explosion on a rail track. Furthermore, it is to be noted that a big train mishap was averted on January 1 when railway patrolling staff detected that 50 elastic rail clips and three pairs of fishplates were removed and deliberate damage caused by a hacksaw on the track between Kalyanpur and Mandhana stations in the Farrukhabad-Kanpur Anwarganj section.

"Fortunately, the bomb at Ghorasahan was detected with the help of villagers and defused," Rana said about the attempt by the trio to cause an accident in East Champaran district of Bihar on October 1 last year.

CBI is already looking into the incident which happened a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to address a political rally in Lucknow.

In 2016, the Indore-Patna Express derailment on November 21 led to the death of at least 151 passengers and on December 28, more than 50 people were injured when Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed, again near Kanpur.

Rana further informed that the trio had received around Rs 3 lakh till now from Brij Kishore Giri for engineering train accidents. Brij is a Nepali citizen. He along with Shambhu Giri and Mujahir Ansari was arrested by Nepal police recently. "The Nepal police have shared vital information with us regarding their ISI links," Rana said, adding that the state ATS (anti-terrorism squad) and other security agencies have been informed about their confession. RPF is also in touch with the Bihar police and is coordinating efforts to reach the bottom of the conspiracy.

Rana said Motilal was earlier a Maoist operating in Adapur block of East Champaran district. "Umashankar has at least four criminals cases against him while 12 cases are lodged against Motilal and Mukesh," the SP said, adding investigations were on to gather information on the main handler of the gang.

Police officials are verifying if Motilal was the area commander of an extremist group, an assumption which if proved correct, will suggest that concerns over ISI enlisting local disaffected groups may have come true.
According to the report,  Motilal told police he had planted explosives on the tracks near Kanpur for derailing the two trains. "Brij had received funds from Dubai for the purpose. Brij had promised flats, vehicles and finances to produce a Bhojpuri movie to the trio arrested from Motihari," said a police officer involved in the interrogation.

Two others identified as Gajendra Sharma and Rakesh Yadav are now being searched by Police.

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