Sabotage suspected in India train derailment
September 15, 1997
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 77 people were killed when
five train cars plunged into a river in the central Indian
state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, state officials said.
The accident occurred in the early evening hours, when part
of a passenger train plunged from a bridge into the Hansdev
River, near the eastern town of Champa.
A senior police spokesman with the state-run Indian Railways
said that in addition to the dead, about 200 passengers were
A government spokesman said the death toll was likely to
Authorities are investigating possible sabotage. Railway
officials tell CNN that eight meters of the track were
It is not known who could have removed the tracks, although
officials suspect opponents of Railway Minister Ram Vilas
Paswan, who was scheduled to attend an official function in
the province Monday.
There have been demands for his resignation because of recent
Several hundred train accidents occur in India each year.
Reuters contributed to this report.