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Sabotage Train Crash - at least 65 killed and hundreds injured


Sabotage Train Crash: Dozens Die In India

Huw Borland, Sky News Online

Go to the followign link to see the Sky news report on this train crash. It includes a video report and will be updated with further information as it becomes available. 


At least 65 people have been killed after an apparently sabotaged passenger train derailed and was then hit by a cargo service in eastern India.

Television footage showed the mangled wreckage of carriages across the tracks and the death toll could rise, as many passengers were still trapped.

At least 200 people were injured during the collision in West Bengal state.

"As of now we have got information that 65 dead bodies have been recovered. There may be many more," Samar Ghosh, home secretary of the region, told NDTV news channel.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said a bomb had hit the train, but police said they were also looking at other sabotage methods, like the removal of the tracks' "fish plates".

"From whatever I have been told, the apprehension is the Maoists were involved," he said.

The crash happened in an area known to be a stronghold of Maoist rebels.

Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, have attacked trains in the past.

Railway official Vivek Sahay said: "The driver heard a loud noise which indicates there could be a blast.

"A detail investigation will reveal more, but definitely there was lot of tinkering done to the tracks. It was definitely sabotage."

West Bengal official Ghosh said a portion of the tracks was found to be missing.

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