Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Naxals likely behind Chennai train mishap: Cops

2 May 2009, 1841 hrs IST, PTI

CHENNAI: Preliminary investigations into the April 29 mysterious train mishap here point to the likelihood of a suicide mission by Naxalites, top
police officials probing the case said on Saturday. ( Watch )

"Ramming a train at 90 km/hr (into the goods train)... there are all chances of the incident being a suicide mission. We are also probing whether the person jumped off the train at the last minute. We are keeping our options open to take the investigation in all possible angles," a senior official of the CB-CID wing, which is investigating the case, said.

He said the investigators are also looking into the possible involvement of Naxalites in the incident, though the Naxals are generally not known to use such modus operandi.

The investigation agency was keeping all options open to probe a possible Naxal hand into the incident since one of the deceased was found with a mark in Telugu tattooed on his hand and his body was yet to be claimed, he said.

Meanwhile, police today announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for information on Raju (alias) DogaRaju, whose dead body was found at Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station.

Police have taken the tattoo mark as one of the leads to probe the cause of the mishap and have sent special teams to Andhra Pradesh.

Four persons were killed and 11 injured in the mishap in which unauthorised persons commandeered a surburban train from Chennai central station to nearby Vysarpadi Jeeva and rammed into a moving goods train.

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