A special court has placed three accused railway officials involved in the Balasore train catastrophe in judicial detention.
According to PTI, the personnel, Senior Section Engineer (Signal) Arun Kumar Mahanta, Section Engineer Mohammed Amir Khan, and Technician Pappu Kumar, were brought before the CBI Special Court on Friday after being suspended by the Railways.
On July 7, the CBI arrested the accused.

On July 7, the special court granted the accused in the Balasore railway catastrophe case a five-day remand for CBI investigation. Following that, on July 11, the court prolonged the remand period for four days at the request of the investigative agency.

The case’s next hearing is slated for July 27.
The three accused have been charged under IPC Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence), as well as Railways Act Section 153.

The CBI is still working on its report on the Balasore train catastrophe case. However, the inquiry report from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South Eastern Circle, has already stated that the disaster occurred as a result of “lapses” in the signalling circuit’s adjustment.  On June 2, the Coromandel Express collided with a halted goods train at the Bahanaga Bazar station in the Balasore district. This collision caused some carriages to derail, which then collided with the Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express. The tragedy killed 293 individuals and injured more than 1,200 others.

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