Akhilesh refutes Centre’s claim of ISI role in Kanpur mishap

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav waves at an election rally

File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav waves at an election rally

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has refuted with the Central government’s claim of Pakistan spy agency ISI’s hand in the Kanpur train accident. Addressing a rally for the upcoming phase of polling in the state, Akhilesh Yadav instead alleged that BJP leaders were used to seeking votes by “misguiding” the people.

“Our railway minister could not take care of the tracks in Kanpur and gave a false report to the prime minister that the ISI had damaged the tracks. I want to say that since the incident occurred in Uttar Pradesh, at least I should have been informed about it…But, no information…no truth in it,” he said.

Akhilesh also alleged that BJP leaders were “used to seeking votes by misleading the people”.

150 people were killed in a train mishap in Kanpur on November 20, 2016, and on December 28, another train got derailed there. It was said that Pakistan’s ISI was responsible for the incidents.

Addressing an election rally in Gonda last week, Modi had said that the conspiracy was designed and carried out by those “sitting across the border” in Nepal. “The Kanpur rail accident in which hundreds of people were killed was a conspiracy and conspirators carried it out sitting across the border… Gonda is adjoining Nepal,” he had said.

FILE: Rescue  and relief works in progress at the site of accident where  Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed early morning  near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district, Dec, 2016 Photo-PTI

FILE: Rescue and relief works in progress at the site of accident where Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed early morning near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district, Dec, 2016
Photo-PTI

The role of ISI is being suspected in the incident after Bihar police in January arrested three persons claiming that they were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways.

One of the key suspects Samshul Hoda, along with three others, were arrested Nepal earlier last month after being deported from Dubai.

Meanwhile, in a veiled reference to the ongoing issue of violent scuffle between RSS-backed ABVP and Left-backed AISA in Delhi University, Akhilesh said, “I want to ask those patriotic people of the BJP, who are displaying their nationalism in Delhi, what have they done for the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. What help was extended to their families.”

“Only the SP government helps the families of soldiers who laid down their lives,” he added.

Akhilesh Yadav also claimed that his party has already secured a lead in the first five phases of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly election due to the works of its government and added that the “demoralised faces of the BJP and BSP leaders” said it all.

The sixth phase of the polls will be held on Saturday and the seventh and final phase on March 8. Results will be declared on March 11.

(With inputs from the PTI)