A day after a suspected thief was killed on board Sonpur-Valsad Shramik Express train, railway police investigations in Madhya Pradesh have revealed that the unidentified man was killed while the train was passing through Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Investigations by government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF) based on statements of passengers travelling by the long distance train have revealed that the 30-year-old man was killed between Sarnath and Varanasi railway stations of Varanasi district.
While the railway cops are yet to ascertain whether the unidentified man was lynched by passengers in S-6 coach or beaten to death by fellow gang members over some dispute, the incident has exposed state of security in trains even in the PM’s Lok Sabha constituency in UP.
Importantly, the minister of railways for state Manoj Sinha also hails from the Ghazipur-Varanasi region.
“Statements of passengers travelling in S-6 coach on Monday-Tuesday intervening night have established that the man was killed between Sarnath and Varanasi railway stations of Varanasi district between 1.15 and 1.40 am. The incident, however, came to light when the travel ticket examiner spotted the body lying in the coach at Manikpur railway station of Chitrakoot district in UP at around 7.15 am on Tuesday,” RPF Satna in-charge SP Singh said on Wednesday.
“It was at Satna in MP that we recovered the body and sent it for autopsy, whose findings are yet not known at around 9 am,” added Singh.
The superintendent of police (railways-Jabalpur) Savita Sohane, also confirmed that the man, who is suspected to be part of an inter-state gang of railway burglars operating in East UP and Bihar, was murdered in the train between Sarnath and Varanasi.
She claimed that “two policemen had embarked the concerned coach after coming to know about the incident at Varanasi railway station in wee hours on Tuesday, but hardly did anything in the issue.”
However, it’s yet not clear whether the suspected thief was lynched by passengers while burgling valuables or beaten to death by fellow gang members over some dispute.
While the SP-GRP Jabalpur claimed that statements of eight passengers who were detained at MP’s Katni railway station suggested that he was killed by fellow gang members, the Satna RPF in-charge claimed that passengers statements revealed that he was lynched by passengers only.
“We’ve registered the matter under Section 174 of CrPc and further investigations are underway, including efforts to ascertain the deceased’s identity,” SP-GRP Jabalpur maintained.