In a gruesome incident, two government railway police (GRP) personnel pushed an elderly couple out of a moving Shatabdi Express plying on the Delhi-Dehradun route in Uttar Pradesh.
The woman, Santosh, came under the wheels of the train and died instantly. Her husband, Rajeshwar Tyagi, received cuts and bruises. The couple was standing on the footboards of the compartment when they were pushed out.
The incident took place in Muzaffarnagar on Wednesday morning when the cops found the couple boarding the wrong train and ordered them to disembark. The couple pleaded with the cops to allow them on the train since it had already gained momentum. A heated argument took place leading the cops to push the couple off the bogey.
A case has been filed against sub-inspector Ram Chandar and constable Subhash at the Muzaffarnagar police station. The duo has been missing ever since the incident.
Additional director general, OP Singh, had another version of the incident. "It was a crowded platform. In an attempt to board the train, the couple tried to enter the last bogey. The woman reportedly held the support handle to enter the compartment. Prima facie it appears that she lost control and fell off. She got trapped between the platform and the train," he told The Times of India.
GRP Superintendent RK Bhardwaj said, "We have also sought the help of eyewitnesses to piece together what really happened."
Rajeshwar Tyagi, an irrigation department employee, alleged that the accused were checking tickets even though the TTE was present.
"If the two RPF men were indeed arguing about tickets, we will mention it in our chargesheet," assured Bhardwaj.
The body of the woman has been sent for a post mortem to ascertain the exact cause of her death.