Kannur train fire: Police record arrest of accused, questions remain

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The empty coach of Alappuzha-Kannur executive express which was set on fire.

Kannur: Police have recorded the arrest of Prasonjith Sikdhar, the culprit in the Kannur train fire incident. According to North Zone IG Neeraj Kumar Gupta, the motive behind the act was the mental frustration of the convict.

Meanwhile, questions remain on how Prasonjith entered the train. It is said there wasn’t enough lighting at the 8th lane of the railway yard, which would have worked in his favor. The police are yet to prove whether Prasonjith had entered the train from the backside before moving to the third coach.

If he had managed to enter the train through an unlocked door, then it is a serious security lapse from the side of the railway officials. The convict’s intention behind breaking the window glass and a mirror inside the coach are yet to be revealed.

The police had claimed that Pransonjith, who was a chain smoker, had used a matchstick to set the train on fire. Now that doesn't seem convincing enough. How did he manage to set an entire coach on fire without any fueling agents? The question needs to be answered. It should be noted that the CCTV visuals suggested that the culprit was carrying something similar to a can in his hands at the time of the incident.

However, no cans or bottles were found on the spot by the forensic experts. Prasonjith had initially given a fake identity to himself, before revealing the true details. Hence further investigation is essential in the case.

Kannur train fire: Beggar from Bengal arrested

Prasonjith Sikdhar, a native of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, was arrested by the police on Friday night for setting a fire inside an empty coach of Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express at Kannur railway station on June 1. Soon after the arrest, he was taken to Kannur district hospital for medical examination. He was sent to remand later on after being produced at the residence of the first-class magistrate.

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