Journo death: Police still looking for clues
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the death of Hindustan Times journalist Jayanta Kumar Rath who reportedly came under a train at the New Delhi Railway station on Thursday night, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: May 11, 2009 00:58 IST
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the death of Hindustan Times journalist Jayanta Kumar Rath who reportedly came under a train at the New Delhi Railway station on Thursday night.
Initially, the police had written off his death as just another accident case. After Rath's family members and friends demanded a thorough enquiry, the Delhi Police asked their Special Investigation Team to look into the matter.
On Sunday, the police were still looking for leads. They plan to question porters and vendors, specifically on platform number seven, eight and nine.
Rath was on his way to Cuttack in Orissa and was to board the Purushottam Express, which was supposed to arrive on platform number nine. But the police claimed his body was recovered from the tracks between platform 7 and 8, six hours after the "accident".
"We will talk to porters and vendors to check if they saw anything. Questioning passengers won't give us many lead as we believe Rath never boarded the train," said a police officer.
At the time of the incident, Rath had Rs 5, 000 in his bag. "We are trying to find if the money was taken out of his bag after the accident or after a scuffle that led to his death," said a senior police officer.
The police are also checking his call details. Jayanta made the last call from his mobile phone to a relative when he reached the railway station.
The police are going through the arrival and departure logbooks to check if there was any last-minute change in the train schedule or the platform.
A Northern Railways spokesman had earlier said there was no change in the schedule on that day that might have lead to confusion. "We are looking into all aspects and waiting for the post-mortem report," said Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).