Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Dec 2:
The SDJM (Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate) court of Puri today allowed GRP (Government Railway Police) to take Odisha train arson main accused Ramachandran Subash on another six day remand starting tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, the GRP had sought another ten day remand for Subash. In its prayer, the GRP had cited that the complexity of the issue, non cooperation of the accused and the need for further interrogation necessitates yet another phase of remand. The court had earlier allowed GRP to take Subash on six and three days of remand on November 18 and November 27 respectively.
On the other hand, the Union Home Ministry today officially handed over the Puri train fire probe to NIA (National Investigating Agency).
In an official release, the Ministry today said that the Union Government has credible intelligence that a terrorist module is planning attacks in different parts of India and has already visited various places to identify possible targets.
“There is further credible information that the said module carried out low intensity combustible blasts in railway coaches in Odisha and other places which resulted in fire in some coaches,” the notification said.
It may be recalled that a major fire had broke out at Puri Station on November 12, in which two coaches – each of Nandankanan Express, Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express – were reduced to ashes even though there were no casualties. Moments later, Ramachandran was arrested from the spot with a knife, a blade and a match box as we reported here.
The State Government on November 26 wrote to center for a NIA (National Investigative Agency) probe into the incident given its increasing complexity as we reported here. Besides, the Puri SDJM (Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate) court on November 21 had allowed the GRP (Government Railway Police) to conduct a polygraph test of Subas Ramchandran for further investigation as we reported here.