Railway police claimed that the major fire at a passenger express on Oct 16 was caused by two lovers who set themselves on fire.

Officials on Sunday said that the couple immolated themselves inside the toilet and caused the fire to engulf the train. "The fire in the sixth bogie of the Falaknuma passenger train on October 16 was caused by two lovers immolating themselves in the toilet during its halt at Gulbarga station," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Railways) Srikantappa told reporters, according to Press Trust of India.

The victims were identified as Sharanappa and Varsha. The guy was said to be working as an auto driver and the girl was reported to be a first year college student. The couple decided to take the extreme step after their parents refused to accept their relationship.

Sharanappa's friend, who is also an eyewitness to the incident, revealed the couple's intentions to the railway police during interrogation.

The Hyderabad-Solapur Falaknuma express caught fire after arriving at its scheduled stop at Gulbarga railway station. Preliminary reports said that the two people were killed while six others escaped the mishap after they jumped out of the stationed train.

Since the train had stopped, fire fighters were able to contain the blaze immediately before further damage took place.

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