A key suspect in the Kanpur train derailment in November was arrested in Nepal after he was deported from Dubai.
A special team of the Nepal Police has arrested Shamsul Hoda along with three others at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confirmed the arrest and would be investigating Hoda’s role in a series of train accidents across India.
Shamsul Hoda, suspected to be an agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is alleged to be the key accused in the Indore-Patna Express derailment at Kanpur on November 21, last year.
“We have heard that Hoda is wanted in a railway accident that took place in Kanpur last year killing 150 people,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Pashupati Upadhyaya.
“Nepal Police will also work in close coordination with the Indian police for Hoda’s alleged involvement in criminal activities in India,” he said.
According to the Nepal Police, Hoda is also the mastermind of a twin murder in the Bara district of Nepal. He is believed to have links with international criminal groups, with involvement in many criminal activities in India and Nepal.
The others who have been arrested were identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh, and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, belonging to Kalaiya in southern Nepal.
It was in January this year that the Bihar Police suspected the role of ISI in the derailment, following the arrest of three men who had been working for the ISI in targeting Indian railways.