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ATS, NIA sleuths reach Bihar to probe Pakistan’s ISI connection in Kanpur Train mishap

A day after the Bihar Police claimed that Pakistan’s ISI may be behind the Kanpur train mishap, officials of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Wednesday reached Patna to probe the terror angle.

Bihar police on Tuesday claimed to have unearthed a suspected ISI link to target the railways with the arrest of three persons in East Champaran district of the state.

Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sleuths have already reached Patna to carry forward the probe into the untoward incident.

Police claimed that the trio had confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to Pakistan’s ISI to target the railways.

On Tuesday, Bihar Police arrested three people — identified as Moti Paswan, Umashankar Prasad and Mukesh Yadav — for their alleged role in the November 2016 train derailment and claimed to have found evidence linking them to ISI.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team led by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) -rank officer will interrogate the three criminals.

During inter rogation, the arrested persons have confessed to having been paid Rs. three lakh by a Nepalese citizen identified as Brajesh Giri allegedly connected with the ISI for planting a bomb on railway tracks at Ghorasahan in East Champaran district on October 1 last year to cause an accident.

The Bihar Police has sought help of the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing for further investigation in this regard.

Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said that the arrested persons have confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact supposedly linked to the ISI to target the Indian Railways.

The Indore-Patna train accident claimed lives of about 150 passengers.

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