The family of Rushi Abidi, a teacher who died after falling off a train while resisting a loot attempt on Allahabad-Jaipur Express on Friday continues to be troubled by memories of that horrific incident.
After Rushi fell on the tracks, she came under the Rajdhani Express. At the time of the tragedy, she was chasing a man who fled with her purse near Rura station, 40 kilometres ahead of Kanpur.
The three children, who were on the Allahabad-Jaipur Express with her, came to know about the death almost 16 hours after their mother passed away, having lain helpless with her legs severed and bleeding profusely on the track after her fall. They were aware that she had fallen off the train but did not immediately come to know of her fate as no one responded to cries for help or stopped the train.
“The train moved while we kept crying for help. We asked the GRP personnel to stop the train but they were unmoved. Even the train ticket examiner (TTE) or any other railway staff did not make any attempt to stop the train and provide help to our mother,” said Kashish and Hayyan.
The train finally stopped at Tundla from where we got off the train, they added.
In particular, the children recall the indifference of a Government Railway Police constable who they claim, was present at the scene but did nothing to save their mother who was a senior teacher at Tagore Public School.
Talking to Hindustan Times, the senior teacher’s husband Inam Husain recalled that after his wife Rushi and children Kashish, Mahek and Hayyan took their berths on S-1 coach of Allahabad-Jaipur Express, he spoke to the GRP constable on duty and requested him to take care of Rushi and children as they were not accompanied by any male. “The GRP constable assured me that he would be present in the compartment and would provide every assistance to the family. However, he became a silent spectator when the time to act came,” Inam Husain complained.
“I received a call from my daughter Kashish at around 3.20am on Friday. She said her mother had fallen on the tracks while chasing a thief. I told her to be brave and hand over the phone to a co-passenger. I spoke to a passenger in the same compartment who said a GRP constable was present while my wife was resisting the looter and trying to reclaim her purse. However, the constable did not come to Rushi’s help,” Inam further alleged.
He said that he called the railway traffic control and other authorities to provide help to his wife and children but to no avail. “My wife’s legs were severed and she was bleeding. However, she could have been saved if she had been provided immediate help,” he added.
Superintendent of police (GRP) KP Singh said an FIR was registered in this connection on the complaint of Rushi’s husband and investigations were underway. Some suspects were rounded up for questioning. The family had alleged negligence by the GRP constables on duty, he said, adding that a fair inquiry would be done and action would be taken if the constables were found guilty.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held at Tagore Public school to condole the death of Rushi Abidi. Teachers, relatives and neighbours of Rushi attended the meeting.