The CBI today arrested a suspected member of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocity (PCPA) for allegedly tampering railway tracks in West Midnapore that led to the May 28 Jnaneswari Express disaster that killed 148 passengers.
“Lakshman Mahato was arrested from Kusumghati village in Jhargram police station for removing the pandrol clips which holds the railway tracks with the sleepers,” Superintendent of Police (Jhargram) Pravin Tripathy told PTI.
He is the 10th person arrested in the case, the police said, adding the pro-Maoist activist was being interrogated.
This is the first arrest made by CBI in Jnaneswari train disaster the investigation of which was handed over to the premier probe agency from the CID.
Mahato, 26, had been absconding since the accident on May 28.