The Bihar Police claimed that a series of train accidents and a failed track blasting attempt have the hand of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). It initially sounded outlandish but the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now confident of Bihar Police’s claim.
Following interrogation of three suspects arrested in connection with the train accidents at Kanpur and Kuneru and a failed attempt at Ghorasahan, the NIA is of the view that the ISI angle should be probed deeply.
According to a report by the TOI, the suspects confessed their role in the derailment and the failed attempt at blowing off a track.
The arrested are Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar and Mukesh Yadav. They were nabbed from East Champaran district of Bihar. They claimed that they had received Rs.3 lakh to plant IEDs at Ghorasahan railway station on October 1 in 2016.
NIA said that there are no contradictions in their confessions given to Bihar Police and the sleuths of the elite agency strengthening the possibility of the ISI connection.
NIA also says that technical evidence points to a Nepalese handler, a Dubai-based mastermind and a Karachi-based ISI agent.
The train accident in Kanpur happened in November 2016. The derailment of Indore-Patna Express resulted in the deaths of 150 people.
ISI hand proves that Pakistan’s elite intelligence agency has changed its strategy and started targeting Indian civilian infrastructure.
Targeting a train in India results in higher death toll because of the sheer number of passengers they carry. And from a terrorist’s point of view, a train derailment is less likely to point to a terror angle than a blast.
Almost seven years ago, on May 28, 2010, Naxals damaged the tracks near West Midnapore in West Bengal which derailed the Jnaneswari Express killing 148 people.
Recently, the derailment of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express at Kuneru in Vizianagaram killed at least 30 people. NIA is also probing the case from the suspected “act of terror” angle.