Though the government railway police (GRP) have virtually closed the Shivali suicide case, calling it an accidental death, several holes in the GRP's theory came to light here on Friday.
The statement of purported sole eyewitness Ram Tirath, on which the GRP were relying, proved to be "dubious and self-contradictory".
Ram Tirath, in the presence of GRP officials, had told mediapersons on Thursday that he managed to cross the rail track while Shivali was closely following him. "Her (Shivali's) foot stuck in the rail track plate while she was trying to cross. She fell down and was hit by the train. She died on the spot as her skull and other body parts were damaged," Tirath had told the media.
On how he managed to observe Shivali as she was behind him and he was in a hurry to cross the track, Tirath said he fell down after crossing and was thus able to witness the incident. Tirath claimed that he got injured in the leg, but when asked to show the injury mark, he failed to reveal any fresh one. Facing a barrage of queries, he had left the spot in a huff. Strangely, the GRP failed to register a case against Tirath for crossing the rail track, which is a punishable offence.
The GRP are now claiming that Tirath was following Shivali, not the other way round. "Tirath witnessed Shivali's accidental death after her leg got stuck on the track. He was yet to cross the track when the incident happened," SHO Baldev Singh told Hindustan Times on Friday. "It's a clear-cut case of accidental death. This is no suicide. How can we challenge the eyewitness' account?" Singh added.
According to Shivali's parents, she might have been on the way to meet a friend when the mishap occurred. However, the terrain leading to the track is so filthy and tortuous that even locals usually don't use it for going over to the other side of the Domoria railway crossing.
Moreover, Shivali had publicly threatened to commit suicide when lensmen started clicking her pictures, after she was spotted with a boy in a car just 30 minutes before her death.
Meanwhile, the GRP authorities handed over the body to the parents after conducting a postmortem examination. SD College remained closed on Friday as a mark of respect to Shivali.