Telugu tattoo found on arm of killed train driverApril 30th, 2009 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, April 30 (IANS) A tattoo in Telugu has been found on the arm of the mystery driver who caused a major railway accident that claimed four lives Wednesday, a police official said Thursday evening.
“We have found a tattoo in Telugu language on one of the arms of the unidentified body - obviously the mystery driver. Though this does not exactly mean he belonged to Andhra Pradesh, we are looking at all angles,” Archana Ramasundaram, additional general of police, told reporters.
Four people were killed and 11 injured when an empty train driven by an unidentified person took off from Chennai’s main railway station without permission and collided with a stationary train at Vyasarpadi Jeeva station within minutes early Wednesday.
The collision was so devastating that platforms at the Vyasarpadi Jeeva station were rendered almost unusable. Overhead electric cables supplying power to trains were torn off their poles and tractions.
“The incident taking place during the elections when security concerns are high has caused some anxiety. Our five teams are investigating the matter thoroughly leaving no stone unturned,” Ramasundaram added.
Meanwhile, photographs of the mystery driver’s face are being shown to various shopkeepers around the area to identify him.
The bodies of the three others who died have been handed over to relatives, according to police sources.
An official from the office of the Commissioner for Railway Safety said the probe’s results will be known only months later.