A Day After, Cops Begin Identifying Arsonists

Published: 02nd February 2016 05:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2016 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

TUNI (EAST GODAVARI DT):Even as Tuni town is limping back to normalcy a day after large-scale violence in the wake of the Kapu Ikya Garjana, the police have begun identifying the arsonists who set fire to Ratnachal Express and later torched rural police station in the town.

With Kapu activists having left the town as if they were never there, the vehicular traffic on National Highway No 16 became as normal as ever. From early hours of Monday, train services resumed albeit slowly, much to the relief of the passengers.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) RP Thakur said they would not leave anyone who had resorted to violence. “We are identifying the arsonists with the help of video grabs. We will take appropriate action against them once the identification process is over. We have already registered 30 cases under various sections,” Thakur said.

The police have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the IPC in Tuni and under Section 30 of the Police Act in the rest of the district which requires people to take permission from the police for holding any demonstrations.

After a review of the Law and Order, Thakur told mediapersons that it was very clear that the violence was not spontaneous but was done in accordance with a plan. That the violence was the result of a pre-meditated plan was evident with fresh evidence emerging that some persons, who broke away from the agitating group on railway tracks, wore masks and entered the driver’s cabin of Ratnachal Express and beat up the drivers.

Later they began raining stones on the train to trigger panic. Immediately the passengers  got down from the train and the arsonists then set fire to the seats made with highly inflammable material.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp