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Stoning of Shatabdi express; two boys held

india Updated: Sep 17, 2009 18:41 IST
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Two teenaged boys were arrested today in connection with the stoning of the Shatabdi express in which Rahul Gandhi was travelling and police said investigations revealed there was no criminal intent.

The boys aged 14 and 16 admitted to stoning the Amritsar -New Delhi Shatabdi on Tuesday night and said they did so for the fun of it without any criminal intention and did not know Rahul was on the train, Rohtak Range IGP V Kamraj said, adding the case has been solved.

Police earlier in the day detained three teenagers aged 14, 16 and 19 on suspicion and two of them were arrested while the 19-year-old was let off. The duo have admitted to their involvement and revealed that they used to throw stones intermittently on the trains earlier too deriving pleasure out of it, Kamraj said.

The two arrested boys picked up from a colony in Nasib Vihar in Karnal district's Gharaunda close to which the stoning took place were booked under Section 152 (damaging railway property) of the Indian Railways Act, he said.

Asked if they knew whether Rahul, a AICC general secretary, was on board the train on Tuesday night, Kamraj said, "one of the arrested boys told us that they had no knowledge about him being on the train".

"Humko thodey patha tha ki Rahul Gandhi us train may safar kar rahein hein (we had no knowledge that Rahul Gandhi was travelling in the train)," Kamraj said quoting one of the arrested boys, both of whom come from a poor background.

While one boy has had some education, the 14-year-old has never gone to school, he said.