The 23-year-old man Sumit, whose recent thrashing and whipping by three men on board a Mumbai-bound train created a flutter nationally has himself been arrested by the Baroda police allegedly for attacking a woman.
According to police superintendent Bhopal GRP Avdhesh Goswami, “we’ve come to know that the man who was allegedly thrashed by fellow passengers on board the Mumbai-bound Patliputra Express train between Jabalpur and Itarsi railway stations of MP has been arrested by Baroda police on March 26-27.”
A team is being sent to Baroda to bring him back to MP for further investigation into the March 25 thrashing-whipping case, added Goswami.
Victim could be of unstable mind
Sources in MP police revealed that Sumit could be of unstable mind, who after the March 26 incident took a train from Ujjain and went to stepped down in Baroda, where he attacked a woman, for which he was arrested and booked under Section 325 of IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt).
Meanwhile, acting in the mishandling of the March 25 case by the GRP Itarsi, the SP GRP Bhopal has suspended the investigating officer in the case, assistant sub inspector KS Jadaun, who had not properly investigated the case.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the senior deputy security commissioner of Bhopal division of West Central Railway (WCR) RSP Singh had suspended a railway protection force (RPF) assistant sub inspector Anil Rai and constable Madhusudan posted in Itarsi for laxity in the matter.
The SP GRP Bhopal added on Thursday that while a team has been sent to Baroda for bringing back Sumit, two other teams have been sent to Mumbai and Bihar in search of the three accused Vicky, Balram and Ravi, who had alleged thrashed and flogged Sumit beyond imagination on board the Patliputra Express train on March 25 early morning between Jabalpur and Itarasi railway stations.
The trio who had later tied Sumit through the window of the S-2 coach of the long distance train and whipped him with leather belts for drinking water from their bottle. They were booked by Itarsi GRP on March 25 first under bailable sections 323, 294, 34 and 506 of IPC, after which they were granted bail by a local court.
“We’ve got permission from a local court in Itarsi for reinvestigating the case and will now add Section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and Section 153 of Railway Act (Endangering safety of persons travelling by railway by willful act or omission),” added Goswami.
Taking suo moto cognizance of the March 25 thrashing and whipping of the man hailing from Jabalpur district of MP, the National Human Rights Commission had on Wednesday issued notices to Chairman Railway Board and MP DGP, seeking detailed report in the matter in four weeks.
Sumit was tied to the train much before Itarsi
A team of RPF officials, meanwhile, visited the Itarsi railway station on Thursday and started probe into the episode.
Informed sources connected with investigations confided to HT that scanning of video footage from Itarsi railway station has revealed that Sumit was not tied to S-2 coach window of the train at Itarsi railway station. The train entered Itarsi with Sumit tied outside the reserved coach window and the inhuman act of tieing him outside the train could have been done at Gurra railway station (11 km from Itarsi), where the train had stopped for 25 minutes before departing for Itarsi on March 25 early morning.
Also video footage has revealed that at least 5 passengers were whipping Sumit with belts, while 15-20 others were clicking pictures of the act at Itarsi on March 25 morning.
A three member committee formed by the West Central Railway (WCR) Jabalpur DRM is also probing the entire episode and will submit the report in two days.
Sources confided that authorities at Sontalai railway station (100 km from Itarsi) could have alerted the Jabalpur WCR control room about Sumit’s beating inside the coach, but the WCR Jabalpur officials have denied any such development.