NIA called in to probe Udaipur railway track blast: Ashok Gehlot

14 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said on Monday that NIA has been brought in to probe an explosion that occurred on the railway track between Udaipur and Ahmedabad during the night of Saturday and Sunday.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Monday that the National Investigation Agency has been brought in to investigate an explosion that occurred on the wide gauge railway track between Udaipur and Ahmedabad during the night of Saturday and Sunday.

“A high-level probe is being done. We have called the NIA for the investigation. They will investigate the cause of the incident. We are taking it seriously,” Gehlot said while speaking to the reporters here. Earlier today, the first train (a goods train) ran on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad rail route at 9:20 this morning after the explosion on the broad gauge line track that occurred on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

An explosion on the wide gauge railway on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad rail route disrupted train travel.
The explosion, which occurred near the Oda railway bridge on the Slumber-Megha highway during Saturday and Sunday night, damaged railway tracks.

Local villages reported hearing an explosion throughout the night, and the railroads, police, and local government officials were notified.

The railway personnel worked tirelessly to rebuild the track.

North-Western Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Shashi Kiran stated that the railway track was repaired around 3.30 a.m. last night.

“After the track was damaged in Ajmer division, the ATS team gave site clearance to North Western Railway at 11.30 pm last night. Taking swift action, engineers of NW Railway declared the track fit at 3.30 am,” Kiran said.

As a precautionary measure, a trial run of a railway engine was done earlier.

A train passed through the track about four hours before the explosion, they said. Officials said that they suspect it to be a conspiracy to blow up the track, and claimed to have initiated a probe into the same.

Following the incident, officials from Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), local police, and FSL rushed to the spot and launched an investigation. The incident occurred hardly a month before the G20 Summit.

Soon after the incident came to light, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also took to Twitter, and wrote,

“The incident of damage to rail tracks on the Oda railway bridge of the Udaipur-Ahmedabad route is worrying. Senior police and administration officials are on the spot, and the DG Police has been directed to the routes of this incident.”

“Railways will be provided all possible assistance for restoration of traffic on the bridge, and alternative arrangements are being made to ensure that the rail passengers of this route reach their destination,” he said.

DGP Umesh Mishra said that central investigation agencies have been roped in to carry out the investigation and nab those involved. “We are probing the matter in coordination with the railway authorities, and central investigation agencies have also been roped in to investigate the matter,” Mishra said in a statement.