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No role in Jnaneswari tragedy, say Maoists

Mohua Chatterjee, TNN, Jun 9, 2010,

NEW DELHI: The CPI (Maoist) has denied that the party or even its fringe group PCAPA had anything to do with the Jnaneswari Express derailment in Jhargram. It said it would take stringent action if the party's central leadership found any of its members involved with the mishap. The party also gave an assurance that there would be no attacks on trains in future.

In the first official statement on the train accident for which the Maoists were blamed, party spokesperson Azad denied involvement in the incident that killed over 150 civilians. Condemning the act, the party statement dated June 1 said, "The removal of panroles on the railway track near Jhargram in West Bengal leading to the accident of Kurla-bound Jnaneswari Express and consequent deaths of 150 innocent civilians and injuries to over 200 passengers is highly condemnable."

The statement added, "In this particular incident of the Jnaneswari Express, the party leadership so far is not aware of any involvement of its cadre, but if it is found that anyone close to our party had indeed carried out the sabotage of the railways, then we will take stringent action against them and openly admit the lapse on our part."

Azad's statement went on to say, "We will investigate into the incident and come out with the facts in the shortest time. We assure the people that there will not be any attacks on trains and we will instruct our party cadre to abstain from such acts as they can cause loss of ordinary lives."

It added, "The CC, CPI (Maoist), expresses deep sorrow at the tragic incident... which took place on the intervening night of May 28/29 and is being used by West Bengal government, the police and parties like BJP and CPI(M) to tarnish the image of our party. For two days after the incident, the police did not confirm whether a blast had occurred at the site, let alone finding any clue about the involvement of the Maoists. However, they came up with the theory of Maoist involvement with the argument that the area is a hotbed of Maoists, and Maoists had been targeting trains for some time."


(The CPI(Maoist) Statement,  "Condemn the Conspiracy of the Ruling Classes and the Media Hysteria to Condemn the Maoists in the Jananeswari Express Tragedy!!" can be viewed at:  http://www.bannedthought.net/India/CPI-Maoist-Docs/Statements-2010/JnaneswariExpress-100601.pdf)