Man ran over by Delhi Metro, suicide suspected

A 32-yr-old man dies after being run over by a Metro train at a north Delhi station, report Sobhana K and Siddharth Roy.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 00:03 IST

A 32-year-old man was run over by a metro train near the Kashmere Gate station on Monday. The victim, Manoj Kumar, was going to Rithala with his brother-in-law and nephew when the incident happened.

The police did not conclusively say whether the incident was a case of suicide or accidental fall. "According to prima facie evidence, it seems that Manoj Kumar jumped in front of the train. We are investigating the matter," additional DCP, railways, RK Jha told reporters

Kumar, a resident of Meerut, was going to his sister's house in Sultanpuri. His brother-in-law, Rajkumar and his nephew were with him. At 3.50 p.m., he allegedly jumped in front of train no. 102. The police are questioning the metro driver, Amit Kumar, for more details.

The victim's brother-in-law had reportedly told police that Manoj was under depression. "He had only studied till the 10th standard and had been out of work for a long time. He had borrowed heavily from his friends in Meerut. This could be one of the reason," said a senior police officer.

Metro operations on the Shahdara-Rithala section were hit for a while. The next train left the station at 4.13 pm. "The man suddenly jumped in front of the train. The driver applied emergency brakes but it was too late," said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.Dayal said the platform was almost empty as it was the non-peak hour. Although Delhi Metro has safeguards in place to avert such incidents, these are obviously not foolproof.

There is at least one private guard deputed by the DMRC on each platform who stops anyone from going near the edge of the platform. Regular announcements are also made to stop people from crossing the yellow line marked on the platform to keep them away from the track and oncoming trains.

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First Published: Dec 25, 2006 22:56 IST