"I can say that he has made a fool of himself. It was an irresponsible statement," Nitish Kumar said. "From the newspaper report his statement in this regard appears highly irresponsible," the CM said.

Chowdhury had accused the Bihar administration of not alerting the railways about the large congregation of pilgrims in Khagaria district where a speeding train ran over the 28 pilgrims on Monday. “If that had been done, the railways could have taken measures to prevent the disaster,” he had said.

The 37 pilgrims including women and children were killed when the speeding express train ran over them in Khagaria district, 160 km from capital Patna.

The 'kanwarias' or devotees of Lord Shiva were walking along the tracks at Dhamara Ghat station after alighting from the Samastipur-Saharsa passenger train when the Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express travelling at 80 kmph, ran over them.

(Agencies)

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