The Railway Police on Sunday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the October 16 train fire at Gulbarga station, which left two dead. They said the blaze was started by the couple, who decided to take the extreme step in the train toilet.
"The fire in the sixth bogie of the Falaknuma passenger train on October 16 was caused due to two lovers immolating themselves in the toilet during its halt at Gulbarga station," deputy inspector general of police (Railways) Srikantappa said.
He said the man had been identified as an auto driver and the woman as a first-year college student. Their plan to marry was opposed by her parents, and they had beaten her up about 20 days ago, he said.
"Sharanappa and Varsha, who used to meet every day at the station, decided to commit suicide. He bought two litres of petrol from a bunk, after which they locked themselves inside the toilet and set themselves afire," Srikantappa said.
He said the sad romance story came to light when police took Sharanappa's friend, an eyewitness to the incident, and subjected him to a questioning.
The bogie of a Solapur-bound passenger train from Hyderabad had caught fire during its halt at the Gulbarga station. Of the 15 passengers who were in the compartment at the time, six had jumped to safety.
Some of the passengers were heading to Tuljapur in Maharashtra for attending the Bhavani festival, which takes place during Navaratri.