Armed dacoits attacked a passenger train plying between Buxar and Mughalsarai late on Friday night, and decamped with a couple of rifles after shooting two government railway police (GRP) guards.
One of the GRP personnel, Abhishek Kumar Singh from Balia district in Uttar Pradesh, died soon afterwards. While railway guard Nand Lal Yadav from Azamgarh was hospitalised with injuries, two other securitymen escaped unhurt.
Identifying the stolen firearms as a couple of INSAS SLR rifles, Patna Railway superintendent of police Jitendra Mishra said the Buxar-Mughalsarai passenger train was attacked soon after it started moving from Pauni Qamarpur near Chausa station.
East Central Railway (ECR) spokesperson Arvind Kumar Rajak said the zonal headquarters has been informed about the incident, and an inquiry was on.
Stating that the information at hand was still sketchy, Rajak said six dacoits presumably boarded the passenger train at Mughalsarai on Friday, posing as passengers. Around 11.35 pm, they attempted to rob the passengers of their belongings. The four GRP personnel aboard tried to tackle them, but in vain.
The Patna Railway police said there was some confusion on who should probe the case. “We are not clear on jurisdiction because the incident occurred on the Bihar-UP border,” Mishra said, adding that the GRP personnel – who also boarded the train at Mughalsarai – belonged to the Uttar Pradesh constabulary.
Buxar, which borders Uttar Pradesh, is located about 60 km from Mughalsarai in the neighbouring state. However, the main railway main line linking it to the city comes under the ECR, headquartered at Hajipur in Bihar.
All long-distance trains entering Bihar via the main and grand chord lines are provided with escorts because the route runs through Maoist-affected areas. However, escorts are rarely provided to short-distance passenger trains.