West Delhi man held for arson bid at Jammu station

NEW DELHI: A west Delhi resident was thwarted from setting a railway coach on fire at a Jammu Station on Tuesday, police said.

The incident was reported by a Northern Railway employee, Shantilal, who had reached the S-6 sleeper coach of the Sarvodaya Express, which had arrived from Mumbai and put in the stabling line. He was going to lock the doors and pull down the shutters of the window when he saw the accused, Ajay Kumar Kaushik, crouching near a seat and trying to set the coach ablaze using agarbatti and oil.

When Shantilal tried to stop him, Ajay resisted and tried to fend him off. Shantilal’s screams alerted the Railway Protection Force personnel, who nabbed the accused. They later handed him over to the Government Railway Police.

Ajay, who stays in house number 133, Rajinder Park near Nangloi, was reportedly carrying several mobile numbers of fire departments of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana.

The railway police are further probing his role in fire incidents in Delhi, a Northern Railway spokesperson said.

Sources said the RPF will send a detailed report to the Delhi GRP shortly after which the accused might be brought to Delhi. An FIR has been lodged against by the GRP at the Jammu Tawi railway police station.