Two Railway staff arrested for severing signal wires in Kozhikode

Kozhikode: Two technical employees of the Railway Signal Department have been arrested for removing the signal wires to seek revenge on their higher official. Two employees at the Feroke station, Praveen Raj and Jineesh, hailing from Kakkodi and Sulthan Bathery respectively, were arrested by the Railway Protection Force.

The duo had detached the signal wires on the railway tracks in five places between Feroke and Vellayil stations on Wednesday night.

The Kozhikode senior section engineer had asked them to reach Kozhikode on March 23 and undertake works as there was shortage of staff in Kozhikode. They told the investigation officer that to seek revenge for this, they snapped the signal wires in 5 places.

Five signals were not functioning in Kallayi on Wednesday. Following this, an inspection was conducted and the officials found the wires cut in different places. With the signal system going haywire,13 trains, including goods train, were delayed at Kozhikode, Feroke and Vellayil stations. The repair works took about 2 hours and only after that it resumed service.

In an internal probe conducted, it was found that only technical staff who have knowledge of this could do it. A person who was on the terrace of his house was witness to this and his information was crucial in nabbing the culprits. He told the officials that 2 persons had come on scooter during night. On scrutiny of CCTV visuals, things became clear.

The probe officials found that only railway employees or those who were engaged in doing contract work could have done this. Later they zeroed in on employees of signal and telecommunication department.

Cutting the wires would only lead to signal malfunctioning. If the wires are cut and wrong connections are given, the station masters cannot identify the fault. Even if green signal is given, the signal light will continue to glow in yellow. With yellow signal, trains will halt and not proceed.

The Kozhikode chief judicial magistrate court remanded both for 2 weeks. The RPF official stated that the crime could invite a jail of 5 years and penalty. A case has been booked under Railway Act 174 and 153.

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