A massive security breach has been uncovered in the case of Shahrukh Saifi, the accused in the Elathur train burning case, after a media person, accused of leaking state secrets, was permitted to meet Saifi in the medical college hospital. The Kerala Police tried to keep the accused away from the media workers, but the journalist reportedly entered the high-security area with the permission of a senior member of the special investigation team. The journalist, identified as Deepak Dharmadam, is believed to have also visited Saifi, as confirmed by footage obtained by a news channel.
This journalist has a controversial history as he was previously caught with a fake degree certificate while attending the defense department’s media course ten years ago. Reports also suggest that he is involved in the Mutil tree-cutting case and has been issued several warnings by central agencies. The journalist’s access to the suspect in the train arson case is a significant security breach, and the police are investigating how he managed to get permission to meet Saifi.
The accused in the Elathur train burning case was admitted to the hospital due to jaundice and minor liver problems. While being treated, doctors conducted a re-examination of the burn injuries on Saifi’s body and found discrepancies in his statements. Saifi had previously given conflicting statements to the Maharashtra ATS and the Kerala police, leading investigators to suspect that there might be a secret hand behind the change of statement.
Saifi’s motives for carrying out the attack remain unclear, and he has provided confusing answers to investigators. The police do not believe that Saifi is mentally ill and suspect that he may have had help in carrying out the attack. Saifi initially claimed that he was motivated by someone else’s advice but later said that it was all fake. He also could not provide a clear answer about why he came to Kerala and attacked the train.