Was Odissa Train Accident Cyber Terrorism?

There is a distinct reason to believe that the Odissa Balsore train tragedy was caused by either an error in Signalling system or by an error in the points shifting system. The net result was that the Coromandel express changed tracks when it was not supposed to and rammed into a stationery goods train. Some of the derailed bogies fell on the neighbouring track and caused the Bangalore Howrah express train to derail.

The signalling system as well as the points change mechanism are electronic signal driven though the points can be also disturbed manually.

With the points engineer absconding and the CBI enquiry it appears that malicious manipulation of the system resulting in the crash is a distinct possibility.

It is therefore considered that the case should also be registered under Section 66F of ITA 2000 and tried.


About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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