No headway into Puri station fire incident probe

Bhubaneswar: Even as four suspects have been detained by police in connection with the fire incident in Puri railway station yesterday, no breakthrough has yet been achieved by the investigating officials.

“As of now we have not succeeded to get any clues in the matter. The investigation is in preliminary stage,” M Nageswar Rao, ADG, GRP said.

According to Railway officials, one Ram Chandran Subas of Tamil Nadu was forwarded to court today from whom a knife, blade and match box were seized. Subas, one of the four suspects was detained by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel yesterday after being found near the burning coach of Nandankanan Express in a suspicious condition.

The three others, detained by the Government Railway Police (GRP) are being interrogated for their complicity in the incident in which five bogies of three trains were gutted. Sources said they will be forwarded to court tomorrow.

Highly placed sources said a four-level inquiry is being conducted to get any tangible lead into the incident which questioned the security system at the railway station.

“Police have registered a case in the matter. Investigation is on and we hope to get a substantial clue very soon. But it is astonishing how three trains caught fire within a gap of 30 minutes,” Sanjay Mishra, senior divisional security commissioner (Railways) said.

DGP KB Singh who inspected the site today expressed hope that the exact cause of the incident will be ascertained soon.

“Our investigating team has already started work and there is nothing to panic,” KB Singh, DGP, said.
At least five bogies, two each of New Delhi-Puri Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express and one of Puri-Howrah Express were damaged in yesterday’s inferno. However no loss of life was reported.