Twelve people aspiring to join the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were feared killed and several injured on Tuesday when they hit the arches of a bridge while travelling on a train’s roof after attending a recruitment drive in Bareilly.
Railway officials said the job aspirants were electrocuted because they were travelling on top of the train.
The incident occurred at Roza Station, 5 km from Shahjahanpur, central UP.
“Four deaths have been confirmed but we suspect more than 12 have died. The accident happened when the passengers were electrocuted after touching a high-tension wire,” divisional railway manager (northern region) JS Sondhi said.
Agitated over the deaths, ITBP aspirants went on a rampage, torching two coaches of a train at the station.
Denying local police’s claim that the paramilitary force did not inform them about the recruitment plan, an ITBP spokesman said: “The ITBP DIG had written to the district magistrate on January 17 informing him about the event and seeking proper security arrangements.”
There was tension earlier also when the job aspirants vented their anger after failing to submit forms due to alleged mismanagement by the authorities. They torched some vehicles.