Kanpur Train Mishap Probe: ISI Man and Key Suspect Deported to Nepal
Pakistan’s spy agency ISI was suspected to be behind the train disaster in Kanpur after police arrested three people-Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav-from Bihar's Motihari district.
New Delhi: A suspected ISI operative Samshul Hoda who is the main accused in the Kanpur train derailment case has been deported to Nepal from Dubai after a special team of Nepal Police arrested him along with three others on Monday.
The three others have been identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, all from Kalaiya district in southern Nepal.
Hoda has been detained from the Tribhuvan International Airport, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Pashupati Upadhyaya.
Sources said the National Investigative Agency will send a team to Nepal to question Hoda. Since getting access to Huda through normal channels is going to be a long drawn affair, the NIA will write to MEA via MHA seeking to use of diplomatic channels to get Hoda to India.
Hoda is the mastermind of a twin murder in Bara district of Nepal, police said. A case has already been registered against him in Bara District Court.
"Nepal Police will also work in close coordination with the Indian Police for Hoda's alleged involvement in criminal activities in India," he said.
The police have brought Hoda and three other accused criminals to Nepal from Dubai in coordination with the Interpol, Upadhyaya told PTI.
Hoda, who is suspected to be an ISI agent, is currently in the custody of Nepal police and security agencies are working to bring him back to India.
Sources said that NIA would want to confront Hoda with other arrested accused like Paswan to get a clearer picture of the alleged conspiracy, money trail and so on.
According to Bihar police, the three were paid Rs three lakh by a Nepali man who had connections with Hoda.
The arrested suspects had reportedly confessed that they were asked by the ISI to target Indian railways.
The ISI link to the November 20, 2016, train disaster, in which 115 people were killed, was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, police had said.
Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to ISI to target the railways, Motihari Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Rana had said.
(With PTI inputs)
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