Railways seek a dedicated forensic science lab

This comes after the ministry is also working to have a dedicated investigation agency to look into cases of sabotage and other attempts to damage railway property. 

Published: 28th February 2017 03:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2017 03:57 PM   |  A+A-

Indian Railways . (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: With several incidents of placing obstruction on railway tracks and attempts of cutting of railway tracks reported recently, railway ministry is seeking to have a dedicated forensic science laboratory to investigate such cases. 

This comes after the ministry is also working to have a dedicated investigation agency to look into cases of sabotage and other attempts to damage railway property. 

 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also held a discussion about improving rail safety with the Director Generals/Commissioners of Police of all States/Union Territories Monday. 

He emphasised the need for better cooperation and coordination between agencies involved for passenger safety and security. 

Prabhu also called for sharing of intelligence and the need to have a forensic science lab for railways for faster investigation in such cases. 

In last four months, railway has seen three major accidents and investigations have found sabotage attempts in one. Three cases have been entrusted to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for investigation and one case has been referred to CBI for investigation. 

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