Kannur train fire: West Bengal native in custody, no fuel presence inside gutted coach

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Kannur: A West Bengal native has been taken into custody in connection to the fire incident at the Kannur railway station on Thursday. It is learned that the police are questioning the person.

Earlier, the officials collected CCTV footage of a man walking near the parked train that caught fire. Based on this footage, police took the West Bengal native into custody.

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Meanwhile, a forensic test has reportedly ruled out the presence of fossil fuel inside the gutted coach. The officials are yet to identify the source of the fire.

The train was standing stationary on a track several metres away from the platform near a Bharat Petroleum fuel depot when it caught fire at around 1.30 am. The fire engulfed one of the general coaches of Kannur-Alappuzha Executive Express (16306). After being informed by the station master and officials on duty, the fire brigade reached the spot and doused the fire around 2.20 am.

The incident happened just two months after three people, including a baby, died and nine persons suffered burns when a passenger poured petrol on some passengers and set fire on board the same train near Elathur in Kozhikode district.

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