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No breakthrough yet in athlete's accident case

india Updated: Apr 14, 2011 17:40 IST
HT Correspondent/Jeelani
HT Correspondent/Jeelani
Hindustan Times
Government Railway Police

Three days after a national level volley ball player Sonu Sinha lost one of her legs when reportedly thrown out of a moving train near Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh the Government Railway Police (GRP) investigating the case is still to reach any breakthrough. Sonu, 23, was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express headed to Delhi when she resisted robbery attempts by the co passengers near Chenati nearly 15 kilometers from Bareilly railway station.

“We are investigating into the matter. Computer sketches are being drawn on the basis of details given by different people. We are waiting for the girl to recover so that we can seek complete assistance,” AK Jain, Additional Director General (GRP), Uttar Pradesh told HT.

A law student of Awadh University in Faizabad, Sinha hails from Shahzadpur village in Ambedkar district of the state. On the fateful Monday night, Sonu, undergoing treatment in Bareilly district hospital, was on her way to Noida to attend a recruitment test of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

When asked about security on trains, Jain said that two constables were deputed for escort duty in the train as per the norm along the route. However between Shahjahanpur and Bareilly section, where the incident took place, no constable was present as next escort was scheduled to be deputed at the next station in Moradabad district. Denying the robbery attempt, Jain said that none of the passengers informed the police or any other authorities about the incident when the train reached the Bareilly railway station.

As per reports based on Sonu’s statement, at around 4:15 am on Tuesday some passengers inside the general compartment clashed with each other. During the brawl one of the passengers attempted to rob Sonu of her chain to which she resisted. In the middle of all this one of the passengers pushed Sonu out of the train. Soon she was ran over by another train running on the adjacent track and she lost one of her legs besides fracturing the other.

Meanwhile a case under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 393 (attempt to robbery) of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons by the GRP.

“A high-level inquiry by a four-member team has been ordered to probe into the incident which will submit its report within a week time," Deputy Divisional Railway Manager (Moradabad) AK Singhal said. Also based on the claim for compensation to the victim the railway has expedited the process. “The claim will be taken up at the Railway Claim Tribunal in Lucknow on Friday,” said a railway official.