A week after the train killings, an RPF constable was arrested for inciting hatred.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) Constable Chetan Singh has been charged under IPC Section 153A a week after he is accused of shooting and killing four people on the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Superfast Express (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence).
Singh was previously charged with murder under IPC Section 302 as well as sections of the Arms Act and Railways Act after allegedly killing his superior, Assistant Sub-Inspector Tikaram Meena, and three passengers, Abdul Kadar Mohamed Hussain Bhanpurawala, Syed Saifuddin, and Asgar Abbas Sheikh, on July 31.
A local court was informed on Monday by the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Borivali that additional IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity), 363 (kidnapping), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 342 have been invoked (wrongful confinement).
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According to sources, Section 153A was adopted as a result of alleged Singh video recordings and statements made by several passengers who were on the train. In the allegedly recorded audio, Singh is heard saying: "...Pakistan se operation hue ye, aur media yehi coverage dikha rahi hai, unko sab pata chal raha hai ye kya kar rahe hain... To support Modi and Yogi, you must vote, and if you do, Hindustan will be your home.
Singh's solicitors attempted to make the case that he had an anxiety attack and committed the crime in a fit of rage. They claimed his mental health wasn't in a stable state.
According to Singh's legal team, he committed the act while having an anxiety episode and was furious. They said that despite treatment, his mental health had not been stable for more than a year.
How the accused could have been working if his mental health was unstable was a question raised by the attorney representing the family of one of the victims.
The prosecution asked for an extension of his imprisonment, arguing that the conduct was horrific and that it was still unclear what the accused's intention was Singh's police custody was then extended by the court till August 11.