A travelling ticket examiner (TTE) was on Thursday arrested in Jalgaon on charges of causing the death of a woman who fell under a train while trying to board it. The victim’s nephew, who was with her at the time of the incident, has alleged that the TTE pushed her.
According to the Bhusaval railway police, the TTE on duty on the Kurla-Rajendra Nagar Express was Sampat Salunke, 57, a resident of the Railway Quarters in Parel.
Around 6 am, the train was at Jalgaon railway station and Ujjwala Pandya, 32, a resident of Balaji Peth in Jalgaon, was to take the train to Khandwa. She was travelling with her two daughters and her nephew Rahul Purohit had come to see them off.
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“Ujjwala’s daughters got on the train first and the train started running just as she was getting on board. She started running to get into her coach and Salunke was standing at the door. While trying to board the train, she fell under it and was run over. Rahul has said in his statement to us that Salunke pushed her, which resulted in her death,” said sub-inspector M D Pardeshi, Bhusaval railway police.
Following the incident, Rahul raised an alarm and the train was stopped.
A huge crowd gathered outside the coach where Salunke had been standing. While he was initially unwilling to come out, the crowd later dragged him out, assaulted him and then handed him over to the police.
The police subsequently took Salunke into custody and took him for a medical check-up and his blood samples were also taken as the crowd had alleged that he was drunk. The police then arrested him and charged him with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He will be produced in court on Friday, the police said.
CCTV footage of the incident, while unclear, shows Salunke extending his hand to help Ujjwala get on the train as she runs to board it. It is unclear from the footage, however, what transpired at the precise moment that Ujjwala suddenly lost her footing.
When asked about the footage, Pardeshi said: “We have not seen the footage yet. We have put in a formal request asking for it and once we have it, we will examine it and the picture will then be clear.”
Salunkhe is a known name in kushti (wrestling) and kabaddi circles. His performances as a wrestler was acknowledged with the Shiv Chhatrapati Award in 1982.
His daughter Snehal Salunkhe, a kabaddi player part of India’s gold medal winning team at the Asian Games in 2010, has rubbished reports that said Salunkhe was under the influence of alcohol. “They took a medical test and the results were clear,” she said.