GRP seeks 10 day remand of Odisha train fire accused

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Nov 16:

The Government Railway Police (GRP) today moved the SDJM court at Odisha’s pilgrim town to take accused Ramachandran Subash, who was arrested in connection with the fire at three express trains at Puri Railway Station in which five bogies of the three trains were gutted, on a ten day remand.

Puri Train Fire

The DSP (GRP) Debendra Kumar Das said that Ramachandran’s complicity in the fire in three stranded empty trains has been established on the basis of CCTV footage. The accused too has confessed to the crime, he said.

The GRP police station sources here however, maintained that further interrogation would only reveal if he alone was involved in it or there were some more people involved in it.

“His involvement has already been proved on the basis of CCTV footage which was examined by us. He also confessed of his involvement in the incident. We are praying to the court to take him on ten days remand,” Das told reporters here today.

burnt coach at puri

Notably, Ramachandran from Tamil Nadu was arrested immediately after the fire engulfed five coaches of three express trains at Puri Station on November 12. He was found loitering near the coaches while those were on fire. A knife, a blade and a match box were seized from him.

While there was no casualty or injury in the incident, two coaches – each of Nandankanan Express, Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express – were reduced to ashes in the fire incident on November 12 afternoon.

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