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Indian trains derail, killing 4; sabotage probed


By INDRAJIT SINGH
Associated Press

PATNA, India (AP) -- Two trains derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing at least four people, and authorities were investigating whether Maoist rebels were responsible, officials said.

Eleven coaches of the Rajdhani Express passenger train went off the tracks near Chhapra town in Bihar state, killing four passengers and injuring eight others, district administrator Kundan Kumar said.

That accident was followed by a second derailment by a freight train in nearby Motihari town, leading railway officials to suspect sabotage by Maoist rebels, who are active in eastern and central India.

"The cause for the derailment seems to be sabotage by the Maoists," said Arunendra Kumar, a top railway official.

Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government would wait for an investigation before reaching a conclusion.

"It is too early to blame the Maoists. Let us wait for the report on the incident," Singh told reporters.

There were no casualties in the second derailment, railway officials said.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a lawmaker from Chhapra, said there were about 500 passengers on the Rajdhani, which was traveling from New Delhi to Dibrugarh in the remote northeastern state of Assam.

"It's a very ghastly accident," Rudy told journalists at the accident site.

The rebels had announced a general strike in Bihar on Wednesday. They have been fighting the government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor.

In November, Maoist rebels boarded a passenger train and killed three police guards while it was passing through their stronghold in eastern India.

The rebels in the past have blown up train tracks, attacked prisons to free their comrades and stolen weapons from police.

The Rajdhani Express is part of a network of fast trains connecting Indian cities and is immensely popular.

Railway accidents are common in India, which has one of the world's largest train networks and serves 23 million passengers a day. Most of the accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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festis707 June 25 2014 at 8:00 AM

so this is why the US needs to allow more foreners in so it becomes a world wide problem.

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Mike June 25 2014 at 8:18 AM

The US should get the contract to run India's 911 system.

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ronald1216 June 25 2014 at 4:51 AM

i told you more train and plane crashes comming up

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Stephen Richards June 25 2014 at 4:17 PM

Did someone steal a gold ink pen: http://www.fourcorners.com/gold-ink-pen.html. If the gold-ink pen's case is made of real gold, is that because someone can forge autographs, watching the hand move it around, with an aura filter on the front of a camera lens?

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Stephen Richards June 25 2014 at 3:14 PM

Were any weapons stolen? What types of weapons might have been stolen?

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Mike June 25 2014 at 3:00 PM

I think trains/tracks are pretty easy targets for terrorists

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Leonid June 25 2014 at 2:31 PM

Before looking into sabotage look into your maintenance records. When the last time tracks were inspected?

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d1anaw June 25 2014 at 12:20 PM

Killing in the name of religion. No more idiotic mentality than that. And Christians can count themselves on that list too.

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Leonid d1anaw June 25 2014 at 2:10 PM

Maoism is a communism movement. They do not tolerate any religion. Communism is responsible for more death then all religions combine,

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botcheditagain000 June 25 2014 at 11:29 AM

So what, they aren't even American.

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honeyrose3332 botcheditagain000 June 25 2014 at 11:19 PM

They are humans also. Doesn't matter they're not Americans.

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jdethlefsen2 June 25 2014 at 10:27 AM

Because I was in India many time I know the " railroad " system there..
this is a fiasco in every point you look ,
the Wagons are so dirty you would no even put your dog in there, the tails are still from the time as the British was in power there, the overload every wagon with people because this companies are so greedy like hell, all the owner are SIGH Clan , they don't care because they don't use this "Rail system"

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