Man shot on train in Ghaziabad: Railway police bank on eyewitness account
The man was shot and injured in a train near Loni in Ghaziabadnoida Updated: Jul 07, 2017 00:03 IST
The family members of the 48-year-old Munawwar, who was shot and injured in a moving train on Wednesday evening near Loni in Ghaziabad, have lodged an FIR of attempt to murder against unidentified men. The railway police are banking on the statement of a girl who witnessed the shooting inside the train.
The girl, according to officials, saw one of the assailants who shot at Munawwar while he was sleeping on a berth in the train when it stopped at Behta railway station.
Munawwar sustained a gunshot injury on his jaw and was rushed to GTB Hospital in Delhi. Train passengers informed railway police about the incident when Delhi-Saharanpur Janta Express reached Loni railway station.
“The doctors performed an operation and Munawwar is stable. He will survive. The statement of the girl helped us know that one man, aged around 22-25 years, fired the shot from the railway platform while the victim was lying on the berth. The girl was travelling along with her parents to Saharanpur and her family tried to stop her from making a statement to police. She still cooperated with us,” said Randhir Singh, circle officer, railway police, Ghaziabad.
The officials said that a case was lodged with the railway police in Baghpat. Munawwar hails from Bansi Kheda village in Shamli district.
“The girl’s statements will help us draw a sketch of the man who opened fire and escaped. Her identity is being concealed as her statement will also help the case. So far, we have not come across any motive behind the incident,” Singh said.
Munawwar’s brother in law, Lukman, on Thursday has said they were alerted about the incident by a man claiming to an army personnel who got their phone number from Munawwar’s diary. The caller told them that there was some argument over sharing a seat and that led to the firing.
“We still don’t know the reason behind the incident. My husband has no rivalry with anyone and was returning after getting his checkup done at a hospital in Delhi. He health is ailing for the past two years and he never got involved in any altercation with anyone,” said Aasma, Munawwar’s wife.
Senior rail police officers on Thursday also visited the hospital and enquired about Munawwar’s health and also sought details about his assailant. Senior officials have roped in several teams to trace the man who fired the shot.