One Nabbed, 26 Identified in Shramjivi Express Burning Case

A man who was involved in torching of a Delhi-Patna train in Bihar ten days ago has been captured, said police.

On the basis of video clippings provided by a news channel, nearly 26 people, who were part of the perturbed crowd that set ablaze the Shramjivi Express on August 18, have been identified, Deputy Inspector General (Railway Police) Arvind Pandey said.

The mob set afire the train following a student was reportedly beaten up by Railway Protection Force (RAF) personnel.

“The Railway Police has arrested Faiz Ahmad alias Chand, one of the 26 identified culprits, and he is being interrogated to arrest others involved in the case,” Pandey said.

A group of students was found traveling without tickets by police personnel on August 18, the matter led to exchange of heated words and then pelting of stones, burning of two air-conditioned coaches at Bihta railway station.

The fire spread and burned two other air conditioned coaches as well though no one was injured in the incident, said officials.

Both the state government and the railway police have launched a probe into the incident. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had asked the police to take stern action against the culprits.

In view of the incident, the police have decided to set up a separate control room for the government railway police and the RPF.

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