Railways Dept rules out sabotage in Yarl Devi fire
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 July 2009, 03:32 GMT]
Sri Lanka Railways ruled out sabotage but said it has sustained damages in the region of 25 million rupees due to the fire that broke out Sunday morning in Thaandiku'lam bound Colombo Yarl Devi intercity express train. The fire destroyed two wagons including the canteen.
However, Railways Minister Dulles Alahaperuma said a special committee has been appointed to inquire into the incident in which two wagons had been completely destroyed.
Officials said the fire broke out when a gas cylinder exploded in the canteen wagon.
The fire broke out onboard Yarl Devi inter-city train bound to Thaandiku'lam in Vavuniyaa district Sunday morning around 10.30 a.m on its way from Anuradhapura to Saliyapura.