Wednesday, July 15, 2009

No progress in train hijack investigation

PTI First Published : 15 Jul 2009 03:22:16 PM ISTLast Updated :

CHENNAI: More than two-and-a-half months after the 'hijack' of a local train, police remained clueless about the identity of the 'mystery man' who rammed it into a goods train on a suspected suicide mission, killing four persons including himself.

The identity of the man was yet to established and investigations were still on, including the naxal angle, CB-CID ADGP Archana Ramasundaram told reporters here today.

"The naxal angle is still on and we are probing in that direction too," she said about the April 29 incident in which an unidentified man hijacked a suburban Electric Multiple Unit from Moore Market complex near Chennai Central station before ramming it into a goods train at Vyasarpadi, five km away.

Earlier,police claimed to have cracked the case by identifying the 'dead' man, presumed to be the hijacker, as Nagaraju.But the man appeared before police, saying he had nothing to do with the incident and told them that he chose to present himself after seeing his photos on TV channels and newspapers linking him with the case. A woman had also claimed the deceased to be her son, but DNA tests proved it wrong.

Briefing about the 'performance stock-taking meeting', DGP K P Jain said coastal vigilance committees had been formed in all the 591 villages along the 1067 km coastline in the state to detect and prevent militants' intrusion through sea.

On the recent Operation Barricade,held in collaboration with the Coast Guard and intelligence agencies to check police's preparedness in case of a major terror attack,he said it had helped "discover our weakness so that they are not repeated.

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