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Woman fights off robbers in running train in Delhi, falls off and dies

A woman fell off the Yoga Express train at the Old Delhi railway station while resisting a robbery attempt. She was coming to Delhi with her 19-year-old son to help him with admission process in a Delhi University college

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2017 12:16 IST
Shiv Sunny
A woman fell off a train and died while resisting a robbery attempt. (HT file photo)
A woman fell off a train and died while resisting a robbery attempt. (HT file photo)

A 43-year-old woman fell off a train trying to stop a thief from snatching her handbag, the wheels severed one of her hands and a leg, and she bled to death in front of her helpless teenage son.

The tragedy happened near Old Delhi railway station early on Sunday and the man who took away Sudhir Bansal’s bag remained unidentified and untraced.

Bansal of Bhiwani in Haryana was accompanying 19-year-old son Gaurav to the national capital to help him with his admission formalities for the BSc course at Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences of Delhi University.

The teenager was to attend his first day in college on Monday. He had secured a university hostel seat as well.

They were coming from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, where his father works as a bank manager, and changed trains in Haryana’s Rewari and caught the Haridwar Mail to New Delhi early on Sunday.

As the train pulled into Old Delhi railway station around 5am, Sudhir and Gaurav waited with their luggage at the door.

Near Pul Mithai, barely 500m before the platform, the snatcher struck.

“Someone along the tracks below pulled my mother’s handbag. When my mother resisted, she was pulled off the train,” Gaurav said.

Gaurav immediately jumped off the slow-moving train and ran towards his mother, only to find she had been run over. “A hand and a leg were severed and she had badly hurt her head,” he said, who too has bruises from landing on the rough stony edge of the tracks.

Overwhelmed by the sight of his gravely injured mother and her detached limbs on the tracks, he spent the next hour desperately calling police and ambulance numbers. By the time a police team reached the spot, it was too late.

Other than her son, Sudhir is survived by her husband and a daughter, who’s in college in Jhunjhunu.

Delhi Police registered a case of robbery and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Multiple incidents of such bag and jewellery snatchings have been reported in the Capital over the past few months. In most of them, the victims were injured; one of them ending in a coma, another losing her memory.