This one chugged along the cuckoo’s nest
Pakistan Railways’ shunting locomotive No 6604 was hijacked. Twenty five minutes, three stations and a near miss later, Madhan Lal Thakur, the hijacker, is arrested. An “Indian” from the “state of Hyderabad”, according to a railway police official. A terrorist, perhaps.
Not true, says Jabli, a resident of Hyderabad (city in Pakistan’s Sindh province). Madhan Lal, her husband, is a Pakistani citizen who was supposed to be at a mental asylum until they saw him on TV.
Madhan Lal Thakur is the son of Govind Lal a railways coolie. When asked by reporters in Karachi whether he supported LK Advani he answered that he was a Pakistani who was willing to give up his life for his country. As he spoke to reporters, he smoked a cigarette and swayed ever so slightly as if under the influence of something. â€œI moved the engine with my mind,â€ he said, adding that he learnt how to drive a train from a man named Ashraf who repaired buses and trucks. [DT]