Those who were lucky enough to have survived the collision despite being in the parcel van said their cash and baggage were stolen from the wreckage site.
Mohammad Sabir from Aligarh, among those injured, said railway police staff aboard looted stuff from him and the deceased Mohammad Rafiq’s body. “They took around Rs 15,000 from his pocket. They also took away my money. When villagers came to know, they chased away the policemen and beat them,” he said.
Northern Railways spokesman Rajiv Saxena denied the allegations saying they were “baseless”. “In any case, a probe will bring to light all facts. We would not like to speculate now.”
Mohammad Tafiq, Rafiq’s son, told HT that some of his father’s bags, which had “a lot of money”, were missing.
Since it was a parcel van, the railway track was strewn with bags and suitcases until the rescue team arrived.
“The last thing I remember is a violent jerk and a bang. Rafiq was sitting close to the window. I saw his face hitting the windowpane and then I lost my senses,” he said.
Sabir sustained sever head and face injuries and was admitted at Narendra Mohan hospital at Ghaziabad. Another victim, Ram Sagar, was brought to the same hospital under serious condition.