Kozhikode train arson: UAPA slapped on suspect

The Kerala Police’s special team invoked the sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act [UAPA] to the primary suspect in the Kozhikode train arson, Shahrukh Saifi, as his police custody is set to expire in two days.

The move has also set the stage for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the case.

He was arrested two days after allegedly dousing unsuspecting passengers with petrol and setting a fire in the D1 coach of the Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express at Elathur, near Kozhikode. The incident led to the death of three panic-stricken passengers who jumped out of the train, while nine others suffered burns.

Saifi, a Delhi resident, was charged under section 16 (Punishment for Terrorist Act) of the UAPA. At present, sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 302 (murder), and Railways Act have been charged against Saifi since the police secured his custody for interrogation and evidence collection.