Written by News 1st
21 Oct, 2014 | 11:22 am
Forensic experts examining the compartment of the Kannur-Alappuzha express train where a woman was set ablaze at the Kannur railway station.
A woman suffered critical burns inside the compartment of a halted train at the Kannur railway station in India, in a suspected attack by an unidentified person. She had later succumbed to the burns.
Indian police have identified the victim as a 45-year old woman named Pathutti alias Khadeeja.
The incident had taken place inside the 13th compartment of the Kannur-Alappuzha Executive Express stationed at around 4.30 a.m. Police said that an unidentified person poured liquor on her and set her on fire while she was sitting inside the compartment.
After the attack, she ran out of the compartment with her clothes on fire.
Some passengers at the station saw a person fleeing from the compartment and crossing the tracks towards the eastern entry of the railway station. The Railway Police said that they had got some clues about the person. The police recovered a bottle of liquor from the compartment.
The Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at the station said that no other passenger was inside the compartment when the incident took place as she boarded the compartment immediately after the train was stationed on the platform half-an-hour before its departure at 5 a.m. The incident took place in the dark as the lights inside the compartment were yet to be switched on by the maintenance staff.
The RPF said that some people at the station heard the woman arguing with a person before the incident took place.
Source: The Hindu
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