A railway employee was injured in firing after he intervened to prevent a clash between a former MLA and armymen on a local train here.
The politician, Surendra Singh Rathore, who was accompanied by an unidentified Nepali woman, alleged that the armymen misbehaved with her on the moving train on Sunday night. But after making his statement to the police, he fled from a hospital bed, where he was ostensibly recovering from hypertension.
Rathore, his Nepali companion and the armymen are absconding, the police said. The police said a first information report has been lodged against Rathore and the armymen in Bikaner, Additional SP Nirmala Vishnoi said. The men have been charged with attempt to murder and attacking a government personnel on duty.
The injured employee, Ashok Kumar, has been admitted to a hospital in Bikaner. He was pierced in the jaw by a bullet and was unconscious at the time of going to press. As there are no other witnesses, the police have no clue about who opened fire.
S. Parimala, SP of the Government Railway Police (GRP), Jodhpur, said the armymen and Rathore and the Nepali woman were travelling in an air-conditioned coach of the train. The army personnel allegedly misbehaved with the woman and this led to a heated argument.
Ashok Kumar intervened to resolve the matter. But suddenly someone opened fire, injuring Kumar.
The police said that when the train arrived at Lalgarh railway station in Bikaner, railway employees informed the police. The armymen disappeared from the station.
Police officials from Kote Gate police station reached the spot and inspected the blood-spattered berth where the incident had taken place.