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Fencing champion Hoshiyar Singh dies after being ‘pushed off’ a train in UP; Railways assures action

The Indian Railways assured appropriate action into the death of national level fencing player Hoshiyar Singh, who was allegedly pushed off a train by Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel.

Written by Shivani Naik | Mumbai | Updated: July 25, 2015 1:55 am
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Ten years after the TV show Mahabharat wrapped up, fencing was introduced in a few schools in Uttar Pradesh in 2000. Hoshiyar Singh and his siblings Munesh Kumar, Suman Singh and Bhagyashree Singh enlisted in their school at Mathura, enamoured by the “talwaarbaazi” they watched every Sunday on the TV.

Hoshiyar showed early promise by winning a bronze at the National Under-17 championships in 2004 in Chennai, which had imported sophisticated scoring equipment and was the first thrust by the federation into raising standards in the sport. He specialised in the sabre event and picked up another medal at the School Games a year later.

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On Wednesday, the 27-year-old former cadet-level national medallist met with a tragic end when he was allegedly pushed off a Mathura-bound train by two constables of Government Railway Police (GRP) near Sikandrarao station in Hathras district.

The GRP has lodged an FIR against the constables.

The alleged incident took place when Hoshiyar was travelling with his mother, wife and their 10-month-old child in the Kasganj-Mathura passenger train. His family alleged that when Hoshiyar went to the women’s coach to meet his wife, GRP personnel stopped him and asked for Rs 200. When he refused, he was thrown off the train by the personnel, they alleged.

President of Fencing Association of India, Durga Das Boro, said the federation had written to the PM asking for a high-level enquiry into the incident. “We have requested the PM to look into this. We want the two constables named in the FIR to be punished. The mail has been copied to the sports minister and we expect a thorough probe into Hoshiyar’s death,” he said.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said, “A team of senior officials has been sent to the spot and investigation has been ordered. Once the report comes, further action will be taken.”

Singh’s elder brother Munesh, a constable with Delhi Police, said the train had stopped at Sikandrarao station when his brother went to the women’s compartment to meet his wife, who is three months pregnant. His wife, Jyoti, requested him to stay with her as she was not feeling well, he said. He said when the train moved, two constables arrived and questioned Hoshiyar’s presence in the women’s compartment. “They asked for a penalty of Rs 200. An argument ensued and the constables suddenly pushed my brother out of the compartment. He fell between the platform and the track and was run over,” alleged Munesh.

“After he fell, the train was stopped. My mother and Jyoti got down, screaming for help, following which several passengers gathered there. The GRP constables aimed their rifles at the passengers when they started protesting,” he added.

Hoshiyar had continued to train in the sport after shifting to Delhi in 2006-’07 and contested on behalf of UP. His family had encouraged all the children to stick to fencing, and both brothers competed at nationals. Hoshiyar’s sister Suman is a fencing coach in Agra, and Bhagyashree is training for a diploma from National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

Hoshiyar had been looking for a job as his playing career was drawing to a close. “We are shocked,” Boro said, adding that officials from the federation have left for Hoshiyar’s hometown to attend the funeral. “I will ensure that the guilty are punished.”

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (GRP) G N Khanna claimed the death was the result of an accident. “As per our investigation, Hoshiyar got down at Sikandrarao station to get drinking water. Before he could get water, the train started moving. He ran to catch the train and, while trying to get hold of the compartment’s door, his hands slipped and he fell between the platform and the tracks,” he said.

— With ENS Lucknow

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    Azhar Ali
    Jul 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm
    This is unfortunate that another athlete of national level,Hoshiyar Singh, a fencing champion, has been allegedly thrown out of the fast running train as way back in 2011, a Volleyball player Anurima Singh also met with the same calamity in the same manner and in turn lost her right leg. It is a matter of grave concern that despite government's claim to curb them, suchlike incidents are on the increase in the trains while the guilty party gets away with it. Apart from the allegation against the cops and their denial, an impartial probe must be ordered into the matter and the persons found responsible for the crime must be brought to book severely while the bereaved family of the victim be paid due compensation. After all, athletes of high caliber who win medals at the national and the international sport events and make their state and country proud, are a real et to the nation.
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      Biltu
      Jul 25, 2015 at 3:15 am
      THE COPS ARE NOT TO BLAME. THEIR BOSS HAS ALREADY TOLD US THAT THEY ARE INNOCENT.
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      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Jul 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm
        Railway Police official has said that Singh got down in one station to fill water and the train started to move and while he was trying to enter the moving train he fell down into the track. There has to be witnesses to this incident and their statements should be taken.
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          babu
          Jul 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm
          Modi will make him gujrat ig they both like innocents blood
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            Lovely
            Jul 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm
            GRP do not touch beggars, enuchs, and criminals. They loot money from law abiding pengers. This is normal feature in Indian Railways.
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