Chennai, Aug 28( BPNS)
5 people including tour operators and a cook were arrested by the Government Railway Police in the case related to the train coach catching fire leading to the death of 9 pilgrim tourists from Uttar Pradesh who were traveling to Rameswaram.
The arrested are identified as Sathyaprakash, Narendra, Kardish Sakhani, Deepak and Sukum Kashyap.
They have been booked under Sections 302,304 and 285 of Indian Penal Code( IPC) and Section 164 of Indian Railway (IR) Act.
They are produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Madurai and will be remanded.
It may be noted that a tourist coach in the Lucknow- Rameswaram express that was stabled at Madurai outer yard caught fire on Saturday morning leading to the death of 9 persons and grievous injuries to many others.
The cause of the fire was found out as an illegally boarded gas cylinder exploding in the coach while the cook was trying to light it to make tea.
There were 55 tourists and 8 staff in the coach and 9 people lost their lives in the fire mishap. The Railway and Local police had difficulties in identifying the bodies of the deceased as the dead were charred beyond recognition.
Many of the pilgrims had gone out during the mishap and hence police could not ascertain the details of the deceased and those missing.