A woman is being held by police after a man in his fifties was pushed under a tube train on the London underground Piccadilly line platform last night. The man died at the scene as the tube train, packed with 200 passengers, came into Kings Cross station.
The passengers were made to get off the train and walk through the dark tunnels back to the previous stop, Caledonian Road. The incident happened just after 1830BST yesterday and British Transport Police and Transport for London were forced to close Kings Cross for over an hour. Kings Cross is one of the busiest stations on the London underground.
BT police said they had arrested a 34 year-old woman from Cricklewood, London. It is believed the woman and the man who died are known to each other. Witnesses report seeing the pair pushing and pulling each other in a jocular fashion before the train came and the man fell onto the tracks underneath it, as reported in the Guardian
The man, who was wearing a woman's skirt, was around 50, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the Evening Standard
One student called Emma said, "I had two bags that were dragged down beneath the train when the woman [transvestite] fell".
A spokesman for BT police said:Emergency services were called to King's Cross just after 6.30pm following reports of a man under a Piccadilly line train. Our detectives have since launched a murder investigation. A 34-year-old woman from Cricklewood was arrested at the scene and has been taken into custody for questioning
Several witnesses have already come forward and CCTV pictures are being monitored. However BT police have urged anyone who saw the incident to contact them on 0800 40 50 40.
UPDATE - 28/10/10 - Nina Kanagasingham, 34, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, north London, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with murder.