Kuneru rail accident has link with Andhra Pradesh
National Investigation Agency (NIA) suspects Maoists involvement in the Kuneru rail accident in Andhra Pradesh and an FIR has been listed in this regard reported. Here, at least 34 passengers were killed and over 60 injured as the engine and 9 coaches of the Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh Vizianagaram district on 22 January this year, Indian Railways had assumed that interfering of the track near Kuneru station led to the derailment of the train as report.
There is a vigorous indication of meddling with the track as the area is known to be a Naxal prone zone and as Republic Day was impending foul play cannot be ruled out. Maoists early on Friday attacked a railway station in Odisha Rayagada district and triggered a blast and put up posters protesting against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state next month as per the report. Maoists left behind handwritten posters disparate the policies of Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Naveen Patnaik regime in Odisha.
Rendering the FIR registered by the NIA on Kuneru incident said, Central government is of the opinion that the act of derailment is a suspected terrorist act by Left wing radicals and is arranged offence under the NIA Act, and the intelligence is not definitive as a senior NIA official said it was initial information and the probe was yet to be completed and they were exploring all angles. The area is close to the Maoist-affected zone, the suspicion of their involvement cannot be ruled out.
India reported that the NIA has booked a case against the Left-wing radicals under Section 150 of the Railways Act and a case under Sections 16 and 18 of the Illegal Doings Prevention Act has also been booked, kuneru where the accident occurred is located in Komrada Mandal of Vizianagaram district 10 kilometres away from the Andhra Odisha.