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Kochi: The Kochi unit of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe into the Kozhikode train arson case following the police confirming the terror angle in the attack. An order in this regard was issued by the Home Ministry.
Earlier, the police had invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against prime suspect Shahrukh Saifi. NIA has the power to take over the cases in which UAPA is charged.
Soon after the arson attack on Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express at Elathur took place, NIA officials had arrived at the spot for preliminary evidence collection.
Police claimed that the suspect had planned to sabotage the train and carry out a mass murder. The police have reportedly received evidence in this regard.
According to the police, Saifi had entered the D-1 coach after surveilling two other coaches of the Executive Express. Following which, he decided to set afire his fellow passengers as the train reached Korapuzha bridge near Elathur.
Meanwhile, Saifi has been remanded by the court, as his custody period came to a close, and will be shifted to Viyyur Jail in Thrissur.