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Samlaya mishap: Two linemen arrested

April 24, 2005 15:49 IST
Last Updated: April 24, 2005 20:01 IST

Two railway employees, who had fled after Thursday's train mishap at Samlaya junction near Vadodara involving the Sabarmati Express, in which 17 people were killed, have been nabbed, Railway Police said in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

All the three linemen, who were posted at the B-cabin and who had fled after the incident, are now in the custody of the Railway Police, they told PTI.

The Ahmedabad-bound Sabarmati Express from Varanasi rammed into a stationary goods train about 30 km from Vadodara. Over 125 people were injured in the mishap.

Bodhabhai and Balwantsinh were arrested from their native places in Panchamahals district, the police said.

Lineman Jaswantsinh Balwantsinh had surrendered to the police on April 22.

Police have recorded the statement of Bodhabhai about the incident and will record Balwantsinh's statement later.

Bodhabhai was also taken to the accident site and questioned regarding the mishap.

"Once their statements have been recorded, it will be compared to find out what had exactly happened and what was the fault that led to the mishap," police said.

The Railway Police had on Thursday said that prima facie it appeared that the mishap was due to human error and that the three linemen (signal line maintainers) on duty at the B-cabin were allegedly at fault.

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Sub: Samlaya mishap...

Usually it's 'asleep at the wheels', but in this case, everyone that mattered had to have been asleep while on duty, either at the station ...

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