Kanpur derailment: Hoda, suspected ISI agent, deported to Nepal, held

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Shamsul hodaShamshul Hoda, a suspected ISI operative, key accused in the Kanpur train derailment case last year, on February 7 was arrested at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. He was deported to Nepal from Dubai.

A special team of Nepal Police arrested Hoda along with three others. The others have been identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi—they belong to Kalaiya district in southern Nepal.

Hoda is the brain behind the twin murder in Bara district of Nepal, the police said. A case has already been lodged against Hoda in Bara District Court.

Nepal Police will work closely with the Indian Police for Hoda’s alleged involvement in criminal activities in India. An NIA team which is preparing to leave for Nepal.

Hoda is currently in the custody of Nepal Police and security agencies are working to bring him back to India.

As per Bihar police, the three were paid Rs three lakh by a Nepali man who had links with Hoda.

The arrested suspects had reportedly confessed they were asked by the ISI to target Indian Railways.

The ISI link to last year’s train disaster, in which 115 people were killed, was being suspected after interrogation of the trio, said the police.

Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be linked to ISI to target the railways.

The most recent incident for which he is being probed is the Kanpur mishap in November last in which 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express derailed, killing 150 people.

On Hoda’s orders, bombs were allegedly planted on the track which the train was to take. Also gas cutters were used to damage the tracks.