Driver claims teenager jumped in front of train
Even after the train drivers statement,a crucial eyewitness in the Shivali suicide case,that the girl had committed suicide by jumping before the train,the Government Railway Police (GRP) is still maintaining that the incident was an accident. The police force,however,claims that train driver had told them that Shivali had stumbled over the track while crossing it.
At the moment,the GRP is treating the case as an accident but may bring it under 306 IPC (abetment to suicide) after the inquiry.
The railway police AIG Devinder Singh Garcha had earlier stated that the case may be converted into other sections if anything comes up during the investigation or if the girls parents filed a complaint. The girl was allegedly humiliated in public by both,the media and police and had threatened to commit suicide.
GRP sources claimed that an eyewitness Ram Tirath,who could not be located after the incident,had stated that the girls foot had got entangled in the track and she fell on it. The force also claims that the Amritsar-Ambala DEMU train driver,Ram Lal,in his statement,said the girl was crossing the track in a hurry and tripped. GRP sources,however,said the driver never mentioned that the girl had jumped before the train.
The railway force has also not received any complaint from the girls parents so far. GRP senior officials said that a senior officer of the IG rank has been conducting the enquiry and government will take the further action.
The train driver on the other hand,had told IG Gurpreet Deo on Monday evening that the girl was in a standing posture and had jumped when the train approached her. He had also claimed that he had given the same statement to the GRP on the day of accident.