A day after a 29-year-old woman was allegedly thrown out of a running train by two miscreants near Karonda railway station, about 20 kilometres from Bina town in Sagar district, the motive behind the crime remains unclear. Though police have not given a categorical response in this regard, they suspect she was thrown off the train after she resisted the miscreants’ attempt to assault her sexually, loot her or both.
The woman, who was referred from government-run Hamidia Hospital to a private hospital for treatment of her head injuries, remains unconscious and thus her statement could not be recorded. Doctors have not been able to run a CT-Scan due to swelling in her brain but are hopeful that she would recover in due course of time.
Based on information available with them, the Government Railway Police have released a sketch of one of the accused, and declared a reward of Rs10,000 for any information that leads to his arrest.
Confirming the reward on miscreants, GRP additional director general of police MS Gupta said police personnel have fanned out in the area where the incident occurred. “The accused would be arrested soon,” he said. The Madhya Pradesh GPR have sought help from their Uttar Pradesh counterparts and railway protection force (RPF) of Jhansi railway division for the search operation.
On Thursday, GRP, Bina, recorded statements of passengers who were travelling in the same coach as the victim and had disembarked at the Bina railway station.
“Passengers said the miscreants boarded the coach pretending to be railway employees and the TTE allowed them in even when all seats were reserved,” sources in the GRP confirmed. Interrogation of TTE Hari Singh Chaddar, who was detained by the GRP, continued on Thursday.
GRP officials said preliminary investigation suggests the woman was thrown out of the train after she resisted their attempt to loot her. “Her hand bag and cellphones are missing. This indicates that she was robbed,” said a GRP official. However, the official did not rule out the possibility of molestation. The victim’s family members, however, maintained that she was thrown out of the train when she protested sexual advances of the miscreants. “A passenger told me at Ujjain that two youths had forcibly sat on her seat and were harassing her,” the victim’s mother said.
Meanwhile, home minister Babulal Gaur visited the victim in the hospital and assured her family of complete support for her medical treatment. He also instructed the GRP ADG to speed up the investigation.
The woman, who hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and is working with a private company in Delhi, was travelling from New Delhi to Ujjain in Malwa Express. She was found unconscious on the railway tracks near Karond railway station on Wednesday.