On August 24, 22-year-old Rahul Singh, a resident of Bhokhri village in Kaimur district of Bihar, was returning home from Delhi in Chambal Express when he was allegedly beaten and thrown off the train by railway officials, resulting in his death.
He was working in Delhi and was travelling homewards. Singh’s body was found on the tracks of Mauranipur in Jhansi.
Several posts are circulating on social media, narrating the incident.
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En route to Jhansi railway station, a TTE, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer and a constable boarded the train with other railway police personnel to extort money from illegal vendors in the coach.
Singh began videotaping the police personnel for proof however, he was caught by one of the officials. As a result, Singh was brutally beaten and threatened.
It is alleged that a co-passenger, Kuldeep Sharma, tried to intervene and help Singh but he too was threatened by the railway personnel.
Eyewitnesses claim that Singh’s gold chain, bracelet and mobile phone were snatched before he was thrown off the moving train. The Times of India however, reports that the Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered Rs 4,700 from his pocket.
Singh was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Singh’s family arrived at Mahoba and filed an FIR on the basis of the information received by co-passengers. They have mentioned in their complaint an eight-member RPF squad, including three women constables, extorting money from illegal vendors in the coach.
Other narratives on social media claim that Kuldeep Sharma reached Mahoba GRP and lodged a complaint against the personnel.
The Logical Indian contacted Mahoba GRP who told us that a probe is underway and no information can yet be released.
Singh was newly married and some reports suggest that he was also expecting a baby.
People have taken to Twitter to urge the Railway Ministry and the then railway minister Suresh Prabhu to take strict action against the concerned officials.
Singh’s friends and relatives have also expressed grief on social media, urging speedy justice for his death.
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There is an ongoing petition, requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Suresh Prabhu to take stringent action against the culprits under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.
The Logical Indian community urges the Railway Ministry to effectively probe the incident and bring to justice those responsible for the death of Rahul Singh.