The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday said investigations into the Jnaneswari Express derailment by State CID was almost over and any fresh inquiry would result in a delay in the truth coming out in the incident.

Senior CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here that the probe by the West Bengal CID was in the final stages.

He said “The Union Home Minister concurred with the view of the State Chief Minister... It was decided that let the CID inquiry (be) completed. A fresh enquiry will result in delay.”

The West Bengal government had on Monday ruled out a CBI inquiry into the May 28 Jnaneswari Express disaster in West Midnapore district which claimed 148 lives.

“The CID probe has progressed a great deal and the state government does not feel that a parallel inquiry is necessary,” Home Secretary Samar Ghosh had said.

However, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has alleged a “political conspiracy” behind the disaster and has been demanding for a CBI investigation.

She had said that the Railways had requested the Home Ministry for a CBI probe since the mishap took place in ’jangalmahal’ where joint operations against Naxals were on.

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