Odisha train accident: No trains to stop at Bahanaga Bazar station

The CBI has sealed all equipment and records room at the railway station and hence it remains technically non-stop station till the investigation is complete

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Bhubaneswar: Trains will not stop at Bahanaga Bazar railway station to facilitate a smooth investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in to the triple train accident. Three trains including a goods train had collided and derailed at the station on June 2 evening, killing around 288 passengers.

Railway officials said that the trains’ stoppages has been cancelled at the station as the CBI has sealed the equipment and records room at the railway station. So, the station remains technically sealed till the investigation is complete.

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“No train will stop at the station till the CBI gives the green signal to the railway authorities,” said Aditya Kumar Chaudhary, chief public relations officer, South Eastern Railway, adding that the CBI has sealed the station after seizing the log book, relay panel and other equipment.

The relay interlocking panel has also been sealed prohibiting access to the staff to the signalling system. No passenger or goods train will stop at Bahanaga Bazar till further notice.

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Officials said around 170 trains cross the Bahanaga Bazar railway station every day, only passenger trains like Bhadrak-Balasore MEMU, Howrah Bhadrak Baghajatin fast passenger, and Kharagpur Khurda Road fast passenger make a stop at the station for a minute.

Meanwhile, 207 of the 288 bodies recovered after the accident have been identified and returned to their families. The remaining 81 bodies are lying at the AIIMS Bhubaneswar mortuary. The claimants are waiting for DNA test reports. After DNA matching, the bodies will be handed over to the genuine family members.

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According to officials, all the unclaimed bodies will be cremated following scientific procedure.

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