Author: Our Bureau/Agencies, Thiruvananthapuram
Economic Times, July 10, 2010
Authorities in Kerala had much to ponder on Friday, with an attempted
sabotage of a passenger train, a bomb threat to the Kerala Express and a
seizure of explosives from a private bus in Malabar. All this on a day
when Vice President Hamid Ansari was visiting the state, and the bail
petition of Bangalore blast accused Abdul Nasser Madani was rejected by the Bangalore sessions court.
Sabotage was suspected in the case of the brake pipes of a passenger
train being sawn at 20 places, on Thursday, ahead of its Friday morning
departure from Nilambur to Shoranur. The investigation was handed over to the crime branch. Officials said the twin rubber hose of the train
was sawn at 20 places, perhaps with a hack-saw blade. Adding more
suspense to the incident, the brake pipes of the train were found cut
again on Friday.
In south Kerala, the Kerala Express train was searched by a bomb squad
after the railway station master at Perinad received a letter warning of
a bomb being placed in the train.
In north Kerala, about 300 detonators and some wires were found from a private bus plying between Kozhikode and Payyannur. The bags containing the explosive material apparently belonged to none of the passengers.
Kerala government on Friday said it was in the process of investigating
whether it was sabotage or any terrorist outfit responsible for the
incident in which the braking system of a passenger train was tampered
with and explosive materials were found in another train.
Government viewed both incidents very seriously, Kerala law minister M Vijayakumar said replying to a submission on the matter in the state
Railway and state police were investigating the cases registered in
connection with the tampering of brake system of the Nilambur-Shornur passenger train and recovering of explosive materials from a compartment in Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinad Express at Mavellikara on Thursday, Vijayakumar said.
Preliminary report suggested that the braking system’s hose pipe was cut when the train was stationed at Nilambur station after it reached from Shornur previous night, he said.
Anti-Sabotage squad had also been deployed to probe the incidents, he
said to a submission of Aryadan Muhammed (Congress), from Nilambur
Muhammed said people of the state were in a state of shock after the
Both ruling LDF and Opposition UDF should face the threat posed by
fundamentalist elements unitedly, he said.
Meanwhile, state DGP Jacob Punnoose has been quoted as saying that the police have seized some CDs and highly incriminating and seditious
material during a search of the house of one of those suspected in
chopping off of the palm of a college professor who incorporated a
controversial question in a Malayalam examination in March this year.
Mr Punnoose said the attack on college professor T J Joseph was a
“well-planned” one, and that the gang that committed the act had spent
money and resources to carry out the attack. He said the suspects were
unlikely to have fled the country, but that they may have moved to other districts in the state. Some of the pamphlets seized from the houses of the suspects have been found to be critical of the state government.