Sabotage or Accident?


We strongly condemn the sabotage on Howrah – Kurla (Mumbai) Gyaneshwari express – whoever is behind it should be caught and booked immediately.

Humanists’ Association and Science and Rationalists’ Association of India

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15 Responses to “Sabotage or Accident?”

  1. anirban.sen2011 29 May 2010 at 11:53 AM #

    Agreeing in toto with the above views of SRAI, may I be allowed to add up a couple of things:
    1. From the Dantewada occurrence on 17th may this year, it was revealed by senior cops that Police follow the practice of taking the shield of civilians to save themselves from any possible rebel attack. Thus, according to their own admission, civilians aren’t the target of Maoist rebels.
    2. Who gains the most politically from such sabotage? I would request Smt Mamata Banerjee to give a wise thought on it.
    3. A section of the Indian Media, is trying to whip up xenophobia, trying hard to get a social-sanction on behalf of the state to annihilate the tribal movement through brutal force, without any evidence whatsoever about the identification of culprits.This again smacks of an organized plan behind the ghastly incident.
    4. As per the DGP West Bengal,Maoists are behind the killings as they have allegedly found 2 posters of PCPA.
    How did he know that the posters found (if this is held to be true)are written by the members of PCPA? Is he a calligraphy expert and know the hand writing of all PCPA members? If tomorrow, a similar incident happens and a few “Ganashakti”, the CPI (M)mouthpiece are found at the place of occurence, will the party take the blame for it? The same question holds true for Congress (I)and other “mainstream” political parties as well.
    5. According to a media report, the place of occurrence is actually dominated by CPI (M)and not PCPA/ Maoists. The report further mentions that according to the local people, in such stronghold of CPI (M), it’s impossible for any other group to execute such a crime.(News source : Akdin dated 29th May, 2010. Report by Raja Chattopadhyay and Nanda Roy). As per another story of the same newspaper (Report by Parthasarathi Sengupta at page no.6)a section of the Rail ministry also suspects a different sabotage, as an engine got derailed in the same Rajabandh-Khemashuli area on 29th December, 2009, and a special investigation committee set up by the Rail ministry found the culprit to be not a Maoist but a CPI(M)cadre.According to the report, even a section of the senior officials of the ministry endorse the view that the place of occurrence is dictated and controlled by the CPI (M).

    I also appeal to the mass to condemn such loss of innocent lives and demand an immediate and unbiased inquiry into the matter, for revelation of justice.

  2. Dr. Neha 29 May 2010 at 1:16 PM #

    I have a doubt again.As a HUGE public opinion has been developing in favour of “maoists” after that 17th May incident and everyone is becoming doubtful about the government’s earlier claims that maoists do attack innocent civilians, was this “SHAMEFUL” act deliberately committed by the state to support those “false” claims and suppress the wave of support rising in favour of maoists?

  3. soumya deb. 29 May 2010 at 1:34 PM #

    i am very muched shocked to see the news in anandabazar patrika dt.29. 5. 10 about rail accident (incident).my condolence goes to all. but in other side of coin/card i found a photo . hand of a dead body wearing 4 stone finger rings. and again i realise, stone cant save life.
    the picture saying many thing silently.
    soumya deb.

  4. ajay kumar bairagi 29 May 2010 at 6:06 PM #

    Eto taratari ei khobor ta uthe jabe ami vapte parini. apnara vison fast kaj korchen. avinandan.
    apnader sange amio ekmot ei accident tar pichhone karor hat achhe. ebong ami mone kori bartoman sasok partir hat achhe ei ghatonar pichhone. karon motivation bolche oderi lav hobe besi ei ghatona theke.

  5. Alak Sasmal 30 May 2010 at 6:56 AM #

    আমার মনে হয় এটা একটা সুপরিকল্পিত। এর পিছনে CPI(M)এর হাত আছে।
    ১)সামনে ভোট যদি রেলমন্ত্রক তথা মমতার তথা TMC বদনাম করা যায় তাহলে
    শাসক দলের ভোট বাক্স বড়বে।
    ২)এই ঘটনার জন্য CPI(M) সরাসরি মওবাদীদের অভিযোগ করছেন। অথচ এর
    কোন প্রমান নেই।

  6. rationalistbiplab 30 May 2010 at 1:58 PM #

    I have seen a TV program yesterday. There I noticed a top leader of CPI(M) said that, what the proof is behind that, the Maoists are not involved in this incident.
    Mr. Leader now I am questioning you. Have you any concrete proof that proves us the Maoists are behind the incident?
    You better know, responsibility of explanation is on the claimer. Not upon the denier.
    Mr leader if you claim, first proof then announce publicly.

  7. Manasi Mallik 31 May 2010 at 12:18 AM #

    Mr,soumya deb
    “i found a photo . hand of a dead body wearing 4 stone finger rings. and again i realise, stone cant save life.” according to your voice , this is not a matter of jokes. I know stone don’t save our life. But this is a very sensitive issue. It is a horrible accident, You must be see difference angle, I think your comment is to much unethical.

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    GABLU 31 May 2010 at 11:08 AM #

    I agree with SRAI.

  9. PRAGUN 31 May 2010 at 11:20 AM #


  10. sumitra 31 May 2010 at 11:39 AM #

    Manasi — I know it ia a horrible and painful situation. Soumya, like a cartoonist always sees the funny side of everything. But we have to agree the sight is not funny.

    So such comments are to be kept in our minds– not to be spoken. We know how people want to live– they try everything to be happy–to be safe.

    Instead of being sentimental — we should take the opportunity to condemn the causes of such disasters– sabotage or negligence– both are criminal. And we should remember the cause is not a natural disaster beyond control. Accidents have concrete causes behind, and sabotages do take place– so a CBI enquiry is the need of the hour.

  11. suchtana 31 May 2010 at 11:57 AM #

    যদি নিশ্চিত জানি যে আংটি পরে দুর্ঘটনা এড়ানো যায় না, তবেই সাবধান হতে পারবো, নিয়ম মেনে চলতে শিখবো, বিঙ্গানের উপর, মানুষের সদিচ্ছার উপর আস্থা রাখতে পারবো। সব ই কপাল বলে মেনে নেব না, তাই না?
    এই রকম সময়ে তাই আরও বেশি করে যুক্তি ও বিঙ্গানের ওপর ভরসা করার সময়।

  12. Dwija Pada Bauri 31 May 2010 at 2:28 PM #

    Didi I’m agree with you. I think it is a Blue Print for creat pressure to Hon’ble Rail Minister Mamta Banerjee also Dept. of Railway & take political advantage and publisity from that situation.
    Today I saw a news in a daily news paper namely “SAMBAD PROTIDIN” that West Bengal Govt. has no hesitation for CBI inspection. Hope The main criminal will apear after inspection of CBI. As a humanist, I want rigorous punishment for those who are involved in this case – either they are Maoist, Communist…… or other.

  13. anirban.sen2011 1 June 2010 at 7:57 AM #

    Enquiry or mockery?

    The Home Minister of India has gone on record saying that Maoists hands are suspected behind the Kurla Express Disaster. At the same time, he has offered the help of CBI to inquire into it.

    The Government of West Bengal has already initiated the enquiry proceedings through CID. Even in this case, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Home Secretary and the Director General of Police, have already declared the Maoists to be the delinquents.

    It’s shocking that Smt Mamata Banerjee, so vociferous about “Maa, Maati, Maanush” (Mother, soil, humans), has also demanded a CBI probe into the tragedy.

    Now, what do we see here?

    The CBI and CID, which are under the direct control of the Central & State Government respectively, had already been dictated by their bosses about whom they must implicate as offender.

    Thus, we already know the consequence, even before the investigation is closed. Do we pay tax to see such roles of the public servants, whose every bit is paid from our pocket?

    It is very apparent that Mr P Chidambaram, the Union Home Minister, will make every attempt to utilize this train disaster as a justification to step up state terrorism and employ further wicked vigor to crush the ongoing tribal movement.

    We know from past that CBI is nothing but a blackmailing tool of the Central Government, to settle their political vengeance and stick to power, by hook or by crook.

    The role played by CBI during investigation against Mayawati in the disproportionate assets scam in 2008 or Laloo Prasad Yadav in the Fodder scam in 2001 is still fresh in our mind. They only tried to corner the above named accused to provide chunks of political benefits to the then ruling parties at the center.

    This is nothing but another appalling face of the largest “democracy” of this planet, which ridicules human rights at its every step.

    I, in unequivocal terms, censure such endeavor of both the Governments, which is nothing but a nasty scorn of justice, to be used as a license to trigger genocide and request all sensible and rational people to register their protest.

  14. Ranjana Bhattacharjee 1 June 2010 at 12:03 PM #

    It is such a shame in the name of “DEMOCRACY”! We don’t even have fair investigations as well as investigators. Like all mainstream media,long ago even investigators were sold and bought by the people who have been eating away our country slowly like termite.

    The people who commit crime,they only put blames on others, they only make big news out of it and publish them in all leading newspapers to denounce the innocent, they only claim to give compensation to the victims of the crime, they claim to have fair investigations, they “send” their own investigators, within no time they claim that the investigations have been done and the result is the same as claimed by them even before starting of the investigation! (WOW! Then why the hell do we need those CBI and CID? Why are we paying such hefty taxes to be paid to them when our dear politicians can do it so perfectly?)

    Do they think we are dumb ass and we don’t understand anything? The same strategy of fooling common people won’t work again and again. Finally we are awake and we condemn such act of violence in the name of dirty Indian politics. The people who have suffered here are neither maoists, nor Trinamool Congress and certainly not so “innocent” CPI(M). The people who have suffered are people like us who are now scared to travel in trains and public buses.

    In this blame game, will someone tell us how can anyone bring back to life those who are dead?

    We want a FAIR investigation and want the REAL culprits to be caught and KILLED BRUTALLY by the the kins of all those who have suffered in this tragic accident.But the whole story is just revolving in a circle where it starts from unfair investigations and again ends as a doubt, will we get a fair investigation and justice in this case?

  15. Ankita 1 June 2010 at 12:42 PM #

    Its’s hard to believe that maoists will do such an act because firstly, already Dantewada bus incident has made some politicians claim and spread this notion that maoists have started targeting the civilians ( although their target were 16 SPO’s traveling in that bus using civilian as a shield).

    Secondly, it is a CPI(M) dominated area where the so called “accident” took place and it is impossible for maoists to do such a big thing without getting noticed where CPI(M)cadres must be all around.

    Thirdly, I don’t see maosits gaining anything out of this attack except a direct blame on them and loss of support they have started getting from common man.

    It is so sad that instead of finding out the people who were actually responsible, politicians are blaming it on maoists. It seems that these politicians have some personal interest in blaming the maoists for this accident. They probably want them to lose support they are getting from intelligentsia and youth.

    Now in the name of investigations again, we might see the “investigators” going to the tribal areas and forcefully making some of them admit that they did it because they have been told to do so “indirectly” by center as well as the state. The case will be “solved”, news will be flashed on T.V., newspapers and it will be closed forever. The people who suffered losses in the accident too might believe in this “mockery” of Indian judiciary and come out with protests against “maoists violence”. The motive of the state will be achieved.

    What is the use of such a judiciary if we have the results ready prior to the starting of an investigation?

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