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Prime suspect in Gyaneshwari Express derailment arrested


The prime suspect in the May 28, 2010 derailment and collision involving the Gyaneshwari Express and a goods train in West Bengal was arrested from Indraboni forest near Manikpara under Jhargram Police Station in West Midnapore district today.


Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) M K Verma said Bablu Rana was allegedly involved in opening pandrol clips of the tracks that led to the derailment of the Gyaneshwari Express and its collision with a goods train between Kehmasoli and Sardiha stations on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of the Kharagpur division on May 28, 2010. As many as 150 people had died and 157 others were injued in the incident.


Rana will be produced before Midnapore District and Sessions Judges Court later during the day, Mr Verma said.


With the arrest of Rana, the total number of arrests in connection with the Gyaneshwari Express disaster rose to 19. Charge sheets were filed against 23 people in connection with the incident.


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