Ghaziabad: 30-year-old booked for damaging rail track, UP-ATS to probe
Officers said the accused is a “hardcore criminal” and they are still probing his motive for the act of sabotage.noida Updated: Jan 20, 2018 21:29 IST
The police have arrested the 30-year-old man who was allegedly found dismantling the fishplates from the railway track near Murad Nagar railway station on Friday morning.
Officers said the accused is a “hardcore criminal” and they are still probing his motive for the act of sabotage.
The government railway police (GRP) officers said Furkan, a resident of Malakpur village in Bulandshahr, was booked under several provisions of the Railways Act and produced before a magistrate in Meerut.
“The case was lodged at Meerut GRP police station. So far, we have not been able to link him to any group(s) involved in sabotage activities. But we have alerted UP anti-terrorism squad and intelligence agencies as the accused is yet to reveal more details about himself,” said SC Dubey, superintendent of police, GRP, Moradabad.
According to police, Furkan came out of jail on December 25, 2017, after being lodged there for eight years for various offences. Police said he has cases of attempt to murder, robberies, and those under the Arms Act and the Gangster Act against him in Bulandshahr.
“We are still probing all angles of the sabotage incident and we have sought the cooperation of various intelligence agencies. He is one of seven brothers and five of them have a criminal background,” Dubey said.
Furkan, who resides in Murad Nagar, was on Friday spotted by three teenagers removing the fishplates from the track nearly 800 metres from Murad Nagar railway station in Ghaziabad district.
They said he was sitting on the tracks and asked them for their mobile phone to make a call. But, the boys refused to give him their phones. When they saw the fishplates he had removed from the tracks, they beat him up and brought him to the railway station where he was handed over to the GRP and the railway protection force officers.
The sabotage took place just minutes before the Mumbai-Dehradun Express was scheduled to pass that way. The train was immediately halted at Murad Nagar for nearly 45 minutes and allowed to proceed only after the tracks were repaired.
The GRP and railway protection force officers grilled Furkhan but he did not reveal much about himself. Through the local police network, the investigators came to know of his criminal background.
“If anything serious is revealed, we will consider booking Furkan under more stringent sections. The man said he removed the fishplates to buy wheat flour,” Dubey said.