Train catches fire at station
Three coaches of the Karnataka Express were gutted in a mysterious fire, while the train was being readied for departure at a yard off New Delhi Railway Station on Wednesday.delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2008 23:14 IST
Three coaches of the Karnataka Express were gutted in a mysterious fire, while the train was being readied for departure at a yard off New Delhi Railway Station on Wednesday.
Officials raised an alarm at around 3.30 p.m when bogies of the southbound train were found burning near platform 7. No casualties were reported, and the fire was contained in an hour, said an official from Northern Railways.
The railways has not ruled out the possibility of mischief. “One of the three gutted bogies was some distance apart from the other two,” said the official.
Conspiracy theories floated immediately with officials finding similarity in the nature of the incident and a series of fires in coaches in 2004, caused allegedly by a miscreant named the “pyromaniac”, who was apprehended.
“In 2004 too, the coaches used to catch fire mysteriously,” the official said.
A committee has been set up to probe the incident and report to the Divisional Railway Manager of Delhi.
In light of the alert following the Mumbai attack, security forces upped their guard at the station as soon as news of the fire broke out. “Some people at the platforms panicked thinking this was a terrorist attack. We had to make clarifying announcements to control the situation. But by 5 p.m. everything was normal,” said the official.