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Train Arson Case : Kochin Court grants NIA 7 days custody of accused

Train Arson Case : Kochin Court grants NIA 7 days custody of accused

Yesterday, a Special court in Kochi granted NIA seven days of custody of the accused in the train Arson case. The National Investigating Agency, which took over the case from the state police last week, produced Shahrukh Saifi before the court and sought his custody for detailed interrogation in the case.

The NIA court granted custody of the accused to the agency from May 2 to 8.

Yesterday, during the trials the counsel, in the application seeking custody of the accused.

NIA said the investigation has so far revealed that the accused started a fire, causing terror, panic and fear among the passengers on board the train, which resulted in the death of three people and burns too many.

"If the accused is released on bail, there is every possibility that the accused will hamper with the investigation and abscond and may also commit such terrorist activities causing untold damage, both life and liberty of the citizens as well as damage to property," the agency said in its application before the court here. 

The case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Railway Act and Explosive Substance Act. On the night of April 2, accused Shahrukh Saifi had set his co-passengers on fire onboard the Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express train when it reached Korapuzha bridge near Elathur in Kozhikode.

Nine people had suffered burn injuries in the incident while three, including the toddler, were found dead on the tracks. Police suspect that they fell while trying to escape from the fire.


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