A 16-year-old girl died on the spot after unidentified assailants threw her off a running train in Latehar region.
The incident took place on Monday night between Kechaki and Mangara railway stations on the Coal India Chord section of Dhanbad railway division (ECR) when the victim was travelling to Barwadih with a relative on the Chopan-Chunar-Barwadih down passenger train.
The victim has been identified as Shayada Khatun from Mahuatikar in Bhandaria block of Garhwa district. She was travelling with her relative Mansoor, 22, at the time of the incident.
Following a family dispute, the victims’ family had fled from their native village recently. “After testifying in a court in Ranka, we boarded the train at Garhwa at 9.20 pm and were to get down at Barwadih,” Mansoor said.
“No sooner had the train left Kechaki railway station around 10.20 pm than 10-12 armed people came to us (and) snatched away our mobile and Rs 700... They tried to drag away Shayada with them. When I resisted, they attacked me with a knife. Later they pushed her out of the door of the running train,” he recalled.
The reason for the incident could not immediately be ascertained.
“I don’t know the assailants’ identity... They (did not) loot any other passengers travelling with us,” he added.
Mansoor said the assailants got off before the train reached Mangra and disappeared in the dark. He too disembarked to look for Shayada.
“I found her dead when I reached there,” he said, adding that his pleas for help from residents of a nearby village fell on deaf ears.
Officials at the Kechaki railway station were informed of the incident on Tuesday morning, following which they directed Mansoor to go to the Railway Protection Force post in Barwadih and then to the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Daltonganj.
“We are looking into the matter. A team has been dispatched to the spot. More details are awaited,” GRP sub inspector Sugriv Ram said.