Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Did hijacker of EMU have links with naxals?

NT Bureau | Wed, 24 Jun, 2009,02:49 PM
The CB-CID, which probed into the hijack of an EMU and the subsequent crash at Vysarpadi Jeeva Station on 29 April, has almost solved the mystery case with the identification of a man whom the investigators feel was the culprit.

Now, the CB-CID is investigating whether he had any link with naxalites and is waiting for a DNA test done on him. On 29 April, some unauthorised persons had commandeered a suburban Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train from Chennai Central Station and rammed it into a moving goods train at Vyasarpadi Jeeva Station. This caused the death of four persons and injury to 11 others.

Investigation was based on the unknown identity of a man who was found lying dead on the platform near the accident site. The only clue was a tattoo in Telugu on the hand of the dead person. This led the CB-CID team to Andhra Pradesh to try and probe into the roots of the unidentified man.

They distributed pamplets to find the identity of the dead person and awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 to those who gave information about the dead person. Later they found the ‘dead’ person was Nagaraju belonging to Thada in Andra Pradesh.

The police met Nagaraju’s mother, Lakshmi and wife Rupavathy. The family members said that Nagaraju was not working permanently in a job. They said Nagaraju’s whereabouts were uncertain at many times. Hence they did not lodge a police complaint. Nagaraju accompanied his father Narasaiah who was a railway employee to Chennai and somehow got to know about operating trains.

The police team brought both his mother and wife to Chennai to ascertain that the dead person is Nagaraju. Following some doubts raised by them, the police now wanted to test the DNA samples of them with Nagaraju. The police is expected to get the results soon.

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