With the arrest of nine persons, including two railway employees, the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Friday claimed to have resolved the mystery surrounding an incident near Bina town in which a 29-year-old woman was thrown out of a running train in November last year. The gang belongs to Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Additional director general of GRP, MS Gupta, said all six members of the gang had boarded the train from Lalitpur railway station on the day of the incident. The woman, a resident of Kanpur town of Uttar Pradesh, was found unconscious on railway track near Karonda railway station near Bina town on November 19. She was travelling in a sleeper class coach of Malwa Express from Delhi to Ujjain.
The gang members have been identified as Chandan Singh, Dev Singh, Chhotelal Gadaria, Gulab Singh, Jahar Singh and Omkar Singh. In addition to six gang members, three persons including two railway employees identified as Jagat Singh and Rupkishor, both grade-4 employees of railways and Rupkishor’s brother-in-law Saurabh Soni have been made co-accused in the case. Two of the six gang members, Chandan Singh and Gulab Singh, earlier worked as gangman with the railways but they later quit their job.
Additional director general of GRP, MS Gupta said gang members were well aware that train would run slowly near Karond railway station due to construction work, so they decided to loot the woman there and jump off the train but since the woman resisted the loot and came after them up to the door of the coach, they threw her out of the train before jumping off themselves.
“When one of the accused Chandan Singh snatched handbag, the woman woke up and ran after him. She caught him by his hair near the gate of the coach.
Another accused Devi Singh bit the woman on her left hand in order to force her to free his accomplice but she did not give in. In the meanwhile, Omkar snatched the gold chain of the woman as well and pushed her out of train. Later, all the accused jumped off the train and fled,” said MS Gupta.
The gang has confessed to have committed over 20 thefts and loots in past three years.
Meanwhile, condition of the woman, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital, was stable but she is still unable to speak or recognise people.
Gang’s modus operandi
The gang used to target woman passengers who travel led alone. Once they fixed their target, they would inform each other and rob the woman at a convenient place and time and jump off the train after pulling emergency chain.
The gang members used to keep railway passes so that the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) could easily allow them to travel in reserved coaches. The gang was mainly involved in crime on Jhansi-Bina, Bina-Sagar, Bina-Bhopal and Bina-Ashok Nagar railway routes for past over three years.
TTE’s role suspicious
In its handout, GRP has claimed that the co-passengers of S-7 in which the woman was travelling, had informed on duty TTE Hari Singh about the incident but he didn’t try to stop the train. “Our first priority was to trace the main accused. The role of TTE is being investigated and action could be taken against him. The accused, who is in GRP custody, have not revealed any links with TTE, but we can’t rule out his role. The accused are being interrogated and involvement of TTE was being verified,” Gupta said.