A 55 Year Old Lady Fell Off a Train And Died, Snatcher Was Pulling Purse

A 55-year-old woman travelling on the Yoga Express from Rewari to Delhifell off the running train and died less than a km from the Old Delhi station, after a man allegedly tried to snatch her purse early on Sunday.

The victim, Sudhir Kumari, was travelling with her son, Gaurav, in the unreserved compartment that was the last coach of the train, railway officials said. The two were standing at the door around 5.45am, waiting to get off, when the woman fell off with a scream, Gaurav said.

He told police he saw a man pull his mother’s purse but did not get a good glimpse of the snatcher in the dark. The train was near Pul Mithai, just around 500 metres before the station. Doctors said the woman came under the train’s wheels and lost her hand and legs.

Gaurav, too, jumped off the train, which had slowed down significantly, and rushed to his mother’s help. The victim’s son called up the police -who he said arrived late -after which the woman was rushed to hospital.

Kumari died of excessive bleeding and internal injuries during treatment. Her body was handed over to the family after a postmortem. The cause of death is awaited. The family left for their home town in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan for the last rites.

“An FIR under sections of culpable homicide and robbery has been registered by the railway police on the statement given by woman’s son and investigations have been initiated,” DCP (railways) Parvez Ahmed said. The police have not got any witnesses to the incident as of now and are relying on the information provided by the woman’s son.

Local criminals from nearby slum clusters have been rounded up and are being interrogated.Informers have been asked to give information about criminals who have been on the prowl in the area in the early morning hours. The cops will also interview the son to make a sketch or get some details about the appearance of the accused.

Railway officials said the train had slowed down as it was approaching a junction where the tracks split, with one set heading towards the New Delhi station and the other towards Delhi junction.

Railway protection force (RPF) personnel said more personnel had been deployed in the area with men from Kishanganj, Old Delhi and New Delhi alerted to keep a look out on the tracks, especially at night. “We have increased patrolling numbers and are making announcements on the tracks against trespassers. It is suspected that the snatchers came from a nearby jhuggi cluster,” said an RPF officer.
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