Puri rly station arson: NIA to interrogate Ramchandran Subash

Bhubaneswar: A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) led by SP Prashant Kumar on Saturday will interrogate Ramchandran Subash, lone accused in the in Puri Railway Station fire mishap.

The NIA SP will quiz Subash from Saturday during three-day GRP remand. The NIA team, led by Kumar, arrived in the capital city in the morning.

Earlier on Friday, the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court of Puri had allowed the Government Railway Police (GRP) to take Subash on a three-day remand.

The GRP on Monday had requested the court for a remand extension of 10 days of Subash.

Investigators on condition of anonymity said GRP will try to elicit more information on Ramchandran’s possible link with a Mumbai module before the case is handed over to National Investigating Agency (NIA) as requested by the State government on Thursday.

Officials, probing into the matter, have found out that the accused may have been employed by such a group which is carrying out ‘dry runs’ across places of religious significance.

Subash, sources pointed out, has carried out for reconnaissance in Tirumala and Akshardham with some of his associates. Though, he could be a small link in the whole chain, the investigators are looking to identify his associates.

Intelligence officials, who questioned him, said he had admitted to involvement in similar incidents in Rishikesh-Delhi train at Haridwar and Gaya stations this month.