Edited By: Nayanika Sengupta
Last Updated: April 05, 2023, 09:21 IST
Sharukh Saifi was at Ratnagiri civil hospital for treatment of his head injuries that he received due to fall while getting down from the train.
Saifi is accused of setting on fire a co-passenger on Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express by pouring an inflammable liquid at around 9:45 pm on Sunday, April 2, when the train reached the Korapuzha railway bridge after crossing Kozhikode city
A joint team of Central Intelligence and Maharashtra ATS nabbed Sharukh Saifi, the absconding accused in Kerala train fire case, from Ratnagiri Railway Station of Maharashtra on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Saifi is accused of setting on fire a co-passenger on Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express by pouring an inflammable liquid at around 9:45 pm on Sunday, April 2, when the train reached the Korapuzha railway bridge after crossing Kozhikode city.
While eight other passengers were injured in the process, three persons, including a one-year-old child and a woman, were found dead on the tracks hours later near the Elathur railway station in Kozhikode.
Saifi’s location was traced to Ratnagiri on Tuesday. News18 has learnt that Sharukh Saifi was at Ratnagiri civil hospital for treatment of head injuries that he received after falling off the train he had targeted in Kerala.
The accused, however, fled from the hospital without completing the treatment. Subsequently, extensive searches were conducted in Ratnagiri area and Sharukh Saifi was traced and detained.
He is currently under the custody of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Ratnagiri and his interrogation is yet to start. Kerala Police has also reached Ratnagiri.
A team of Kerala police also arrived in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to conduct searches as sources said that “one of the addresses traced to Saifi is of the area in the national capital. “But there’s no clarity yet if he is the same Sharukh,” sources added.
Top intel sources told News18 that a diary and phone were recovered from the spot of the fire. Some eyewitnesses told police that the suspect was not South Indian.
On the basis of the diary, a few people named Saifi were nabbed from western Uttar Pradesh, including Moradabad and Bulandshahr. The phone recovered was without SIM and on the basis of IEME, it was traced to Shaheen Bagh, sources said.
When Kerala police contacted the family, they told that their son was missing and had registered a report on March 31. Following this, the agencies, with the help of the family, nabbed Sharukh Saifi from Maharashtra, sources further said.
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