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Indo-Asian News Service
Thane, October 09, 2013
A youth, tied up and left to die on railway tracks in a Maharashtra town, escaped death as the train supposed to run him over was delayed by 10 minutes. Victim of a murder conspiracy hatched by his cousins, 20-year-old Pradip Yadav was tied up to the railway track near Boisar, an industrial town in the district on Tuesday.

However, the train did not come as per schedule and gave Yadav time to scream for help, said investigating officer of Boisar police station Vishwas Patil. 

"Fortunately for Yadav, a local villager heard his cries and rushed to help him. He untied Yadav and rushed him to a local nursing home for treatment. Later, a police complaint was lodged by the victim," Patil added.

Two of the five accused in the case were arrested on Tuesday. They were produced before the Palghar court and remanded to police custody till Friday.  "We have arrested two of Yadav's cousins, Dinesh and Chandrabali. We are searching for the other three and the getaway vehicle used by them."

The motive behind the attempt to kill Yadav, who was working as a waiter in Hotel Sarovar in Boisar, is an old family dispute over some ancestral land at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. 

The dispute took an ugly turn on Monday when Yadav was kidnapped by his cousins, dumped in a Scorpio SUV and taken to a desolate place near the railway track.  They severely assaulted him on the way and then tied him up near a deserted stretch of the railway lines before fleeing.