Substance thrown at local train was chilli powder
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina has confirmed that the powder that had been hurled at commuters in a train at Kurla last month that led to the death of three people and left five others injured, contained chilli powder.mumbai Updated: Apr 13, 2013 00:58 IST
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina has confirmed that the powder that had been hurled at commuters in a train at Kurla last month that led to the death of three people and left five others injured, contained chilli powder.
The incident had taken place on March 25, two days before Holi, between Sion and Kurla stations on the Central Railway (CR), when some persons travelling in a train threw the powder at a parallel train which went into the eyes of eight commuters who were standing on the footboard of the packed train. The commuters lost their balance and fell off the train. While one of the commuters died on the spot, two other succumbed to injuries later.
The police were not sure if the powder was gulaal (coloured powder) or chilli powder. The Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP) had then sent the powder to the FSL to confirm what it was. An official from the FSL, who did not wish to be identified, said, “We have sent the report to the Kurla GRP wherein we have stated that we have found chilli powder in the substance that was thrown at the victims.” The officer, however, refused to specify if all the powder was chilli powder or if it had been mixed with some other substance.
Following the incident, a case had been registered at the Kurla GRP against unidentified persons. The FSL report will be added to the charge sheet that will be submitted in the court once the accused are arrested. It will help the police prove in a court of law that the material thrown by the accused was chilli powder.