Pak arrests 'Indian' over alleged train terror bid
The man, identified as Madan Lal who in his 50s, however, denied that he was an Indian national.Updated: Aug 23, 2006 14:16 IST
A suspected Indian national stole a railway engine in Pakistan and tried to drive it into a passenger train in an attempted terror attack, police in the southern city of Karachi claimed on Wednesday.
The man, identified as Madan Lal who in his 50s, however, denied that he was an Indian national.
The man drove the locomotive at full speed for 35 kilometres before officials managed to derail it and avert a possible disaster in the incident late on Tuesday, railway police official Irshad Beg said.
He claimed that the man was an Indian national.
"We suspect that he stole the engine and drove it on the track to cause a terrorist attack," Beg said.
Lal's apparent target was a regular passenger service that was on the same track before it was diverted, the police official added.
Two Pakistani men, a driver and a fireman, were also arrested for negligence, Beg said.
Lal told the agency in custody that he was a Pakistani citizen and stole the engine just to have a ride on the track. He refused to answer many questions.
Beg said the suspect would be produced before a local court and a thorough medical examination may be conducted to determine his mental health.
"He does not have anything to prove that he is a Pakistani citizen and we suspect him to be from the Indian state of Hyderabad," he said.
First Published: Aug 23, 2006 14:16 IST