Three Sikhs charged with killing a co-passenger and injuring four others aboard the Chattisgarh Express were on Saturday remanded in judicial custody after being presented in a court here.
The incident had occurred on Friday evening aboard the Delhi-bound train between Agra and Mathura. "All three accused now are in judicial custody," said inspector RS Rathore, in charge of Government Railway Police (GRP) at Mathura.
"Armed with swords and kirpans, the Sikhs had boarded the train at Agra Cantonment. An argument over seat enraged them and they attacked the co-passengers," said the GRP inspector. One of the injured passengers, Pratap Singh (55) of Kosi, died on the spot, while Sacchidanand Mishra (20) of Bhopal; brothers Vidhur Jatav (20) and Sone Ram (25) of Morena; and Pushpendra Lavania (25) of Mathura were injured.
At Runakata, the attackers pulled the chain, and one of them got down from the train to flee with his weapon but couldn't get away from the other passengers and police that had arrived from the Sikandra station in Agra.
As Mathura, police surrounded the general-class coach and doctors attended to the injured on the platform. They failed to save Pratap Singh but moved one of the other men with critical injuries to Agra.
The two other attackers, who were arrested in Mathura, are Garjant Singh and Bhupendra Singh from Bathinda, who were returning to Delhi after pilgrimage to Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra. The man arrested at Runakata is Rajendra Singh.
The dearth of space in general coaches often is the cause of dispute. Security also is missing, as most jawans on board guard the sleeper-class and other coaches mostly. The Sikhs were agitated already after being denied entry to the coach at Gwalior. They boarded the train at Agra Cantonment finally and turned violent when asked not to use foul language.