A 29-year-old woman was severely injured as she fell out of a moving train while chasing two men who allegedly robbed her near Karonda railway station, around 20km from Bina in Sagar district, early on Wednesday, police said.
They, however, did not immediately rule out the possibility that the woman could have been pushed out of the train. The probe was also looking into the possibility of molestation, additional director general of police (Government Railway Police), MS Gupta, said.
"We have started the investigation and actual cause of accident will be established when the girl becomes conscious and gives a statement," Gupta said.
The woman sustained serious injuries in the incident and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhopal. She belonged to a business family in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur and was working at a private firm in Delhi, another police official said on condition of anonymity.
The woman was travelling alone in a sleeper coach of Malwa Express from New Delhi to Ujjain to join her mother and brother to perform a ritual at the Mahakal Temple when the incident took place, a GRP police official said.
"A passenger, who was travelling in the same coach, told me that she had heard sounds of argument between a woman and a boy in the wee hours," the woman’s brother told HT. He said the fellow passenger claimed his sister was molested and thrown out of the train, "When she woke up near the Vidisha railway station, she came to know that the woman was sexually harassed and thrown out," he said.
The victim’s belongings including a hand bag, her gold chains and two smartphones were missing, he said.
The police were questioning railway employees at the time of filing of this report to zero in on the sequence of events.