A middle-aged woman, who was allegedly set ablaze by an unidentified man in the bogey of a stationary train in Kannur, died due to severe burns on Monday night. Police Tuesday released the sketch of the suspected youth.
The victim has been identified as T Fathima, 51, native of Malappuram. She was with the suspected assailant in the compartment at the tail end of an intra-state express train which halts in Kannur late at night every day. Fathima was set on fire early morning on Monday, an hour before the train was to start service.
Eyewitnesses told police that they saw a woman rushing out of the train in flames. Passengers, railway employees and others ran behind her to douse the fire. After administering first aid, she was rushed to the medical college in Kozhikode, where she died. Police could not record her statement due to her critical state.
Police said the woman, reportedly staying away from her family, used to shuttle between Kozhikode and Kannur stations every day. She used to return to Kozhikode in the same train in which she was set on fire. Hours before the incident, she had a spat with the accused, who decamped from the train after the attack.
Initial reports said the youth had poured liquor on her before setting her on fire. Police, however, said it could be confirmed only after the forensic report comes. Railway police SP V C Mohan said security at the station would be beefed up.