Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday took umbrage at the statement made by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Union Minister of State for Railways, on the recent train tragedy in Bihar that claimed 28 lives.

Visiting the affected site on Tuesday, Mr. Chowdhury blamed the State government for not alerting the Railways about a large congregation of pilgrims for a fair. He criticised the State for not having built roads at the remote spot, which is accessible only by the railway route.

Asked for his reaction, a miffed Mr. Kumar hit back saying, “This is an irresponsible statement. I can say that he has made a fool of himself.”

Early on Monday, the superfast Rajyarani Express mowed down a group of pilgrims walking on the cramped tracks, killing 28 and injuring nine, in Bihar’s Khagaria district. The incident sparked off violent protests by passengers.