The South Eastern Railway (SER) has refuted assertions that Amir Khan, a signal junior engineer, fled the scene of the Balasore train disaster.
Aditya Kumar Chaudhary, the SER’s head public relations officer, cited recent media reports that said the police had sealed up Khan’s residence after he fled with his family.
“Such reports are not factually correct. All staff are present and part of the inquiry. They are reaching wherever the CBI and CRS [Commissioner of Railway Safety] are asking them to,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The crash has been the subject of false information before. Some people made the untrue assertion a few days after the incident that the station master of the Bahanaga Bazar railway station, close to where the crash occurred, had the name “Sharif” and was also running away.
The station master in question, S.B. Mohanty, was assisting the police.
There were rumours that the rail accident occurred close to a mosque as well. But it turned out that the building that many mistook for a mosque was actually an ISKCON temple.
The CBI launched its investigation into the June 6 train catastrophe involving three trains and 292 fatalities after the Union government said sabotage may have been to blame.