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Kozhikode: A Maharashtra native has been taken into police custody after he allegedly tried to ignite a paper piece inside a coach of the Kannur-Ernakulam Intercity Express train in Kozhikode.
The passenger removed the warning sticker affixed inside the compartment and attempted to ignite it when the train left Koyilandy on Monday afternoon. The police are currently interrogating the man.
The incident occurred onboard the Kannur-Ernakulam Intercity Express around 4.15 pm, both Railway Protection Force and Railway Police officials confirmed. However, neither of the officials specified as to whose custody the man was in.
"As it was an attempt, no one was injured. The man appeared to be mentally unsound," a Railway official said.
Over the last two months, there have been two incidents of arson on trains.
In the first instance, three people including a baby died and nine others suffered burns in a train arson in Kozhikode district on April 2. On that day, 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.
Subsequently, on June 1, a West Bengal native allegedly set ablaze a coach of the same express train in the early hours after it had halted at Kannur railway station and all the passengers had deboarded.
The man was arrested the very next day and police said that he was a beggar who was suffering mental trauma.