* This refers to ‘Second train fire in 10 days kills 9’ (IE, January 9). It’s really tragic that yet another train has caught fire so soon after the Bangalore-Nanded Express burst into flames, killing 26 people. The unfortunate gutting of three coaches of the Bandra-Dehradun Express has resulted in the deaths of nine passengers. The railway minister has dispensed with his “duty” by announcing the customary compensation for the kin of the deceased and ordering an inquiry. But one wonders whether any corrective steps are ever taken based on the findings of these inquiries. Will the railway ministry make the inquiry reports and the action taken reports relating to rail accidents in the last year public? The safety and security of existing trains needs to be evaluated before any new trains
— S.K. Gupta
* This refers to ‘Have a phone? Go sting the corrupt, CM tells Delhi’ (IE, January 9). Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan sounds like the plot of a Bollywood thriller. The hero goes around with a camera, entering villains’ dens, where he takes photographs of their criminal activities in spite of henchmen milling about. I think, in its enthusiasm to fulfil its poll promises and show that it really means business, the Aam Aadmi Party is going overboard. If an average Delhi resident tries to do this, he will, in all likelihood, be putting his life at great risk.
— K. Ashok Kumar
* This refers to the editorial ‘Bitter brew’ (IE, January 9). Conflict and violence ruins everyone. The demand for statehood by the Karbis or for an autonomous regional council by the Rengmas is not unlawful. But it would be better if the method of articulating these demands is re-evaluated. Conflicts not only lead to the loss of human life but also damage the economy and development programmes. People must not lose faith
— Chetan Anand Meena
* Apropos to the editorial ‘Error and trial’ (IE, January 9), the low rate of conviction in criminal cases needs to be addressed on a priority basis. The police believes that its job is done once a chargesheet has been filed. Not enough importance is given to the quality of investigation. Even in cases of heinous offences, where the investigation is supervised by senior police officers, the emphasis is on the speedy arrest of the accused and filing the chargesheet. It is not on the investigation and follow-up. No wonder there is always a clamour for high-profile cases to be handled by the CBI.
— Kiran Yadav