Kannur train fire: Railway's security measures under scanner, foul play suspected

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Kannur: The recent fire on the Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express train has once again brought into question the effectiveness of the security measures implemented by the railway, particularly in light of the previous arson incident that occurred on the same train back in April this year.

The recent incident happened while the train was halted at the Kannur railway station in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Fortunately, no passengers were on board when the incident happened. The fire broke out in one of the coaches of the train.

The incident has dealt a significant blow to both Railway and Government officials, who had implemented numerous security measures following the tragic incident in Kozhikode where a man set several passengers on fire by sprinkling liquid on them, resulting in the loss of three lives, including that of a baby.

Interestingly, the recent incident transpired when NIA made significant progress in their probe into the arson case from April. The railway officials said they suspect foul play in the incident.

Meanwhile, railway officials believe that short-circuit might have led to the fire. Further, they are also trying to identify the person who was found boarding the train at the station last.

Three people were killed, and several others sustained burns after Shahrukh Saifi (27), a native of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, was accused of setting some passengers on fire by sprinkling an inflammable liquid on them.

Later, Saifi was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police and Central Intelligence and handed over to Kerala Police.

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