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Emergency: Break Glass

Mamata hides behind her sabotage theory

Emergency: Break Glass
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Emergency: Break Glass
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On Mamata’s Watch...

  • July 19, ’10: The Uttarbanga Express rams into Vananchal Express, killing 67
  • June 18, ’10: The Amravati Express derails near Koppal,  leaving 27 injured
  • June 4, ’10: The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam special train hits minibus at an unmanned crossing near Coimbatore. Five killed.
  • May 28, ’10: The Gyaneshwari Express collides with a goods train in West Bengal, killing 149
  • Jan 2, ’10: The Lichchavi Express rams into the stationary Magadh Express at the station in Etawah, injuring 10
  • Jan 2, ’10: The Gorakhdham Express and the Prayagraj Express collide near Kanpur, killing five and injuring 40
  • Nov 14, ’09: 15 coaches of the Jodhpur-Delhi Mandor superfast express derails near Jaipur, killing seven people
  • Oct 20, ’09: Goa Express rams into a stationary Mewar Express near Mathura, leaving 22 dead

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The cause of the July 19 accident, in which the Uttarbanga Express collided with the stationary Vananchal Express, killing 67 people and injuring 150 in Sainthia, W. Bengal, is still a mystery. While there are suggestions that it was sabotage, initial reports point to a signalling or track-changing error. Some theories blame the driver and assistant driver of the Uttarbanga Express, some a fault in the braking system. And, at the time of writing, a vital fact still remains to be determined: whether the signal before the Sainthia station was red or green.

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