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Puri station incident odisha recommends for NIA enquiry

Bhubaneswar:Nov 27;The Odisha government has written to the Union Home Affairs Ministry for a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the serial burning of three empty trains at Puri railway station on November 12, revealed an official source in the state police headquarters here.

The recommendation comes exactly two weeks after the incident on November 12 in which five bogies, two each of Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express were gutted completely.

The lone accused arrested so far by the police, Subash Ramachandran-a native of Tamil Nadu during interrogations is learnt to have told the police that he had received rupees in lakhs from the members of a terror group and the module for arson in trains was prepared in Mumbai.

Intelligence officials, who questioned him, said he had admitted to involvement in similar incidents in Hrishikesh-Delhi train at Hardwar and Gaya stations this month. "On the day of the Puri incident, he did a similar act at Kharagpur. He also admitted setting fire to a suburban train in Chennai last year and in Mumbai two months ago," said an official, adding that most of his claims are yet to be corroborated.

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