Woman’s death: Central Railway says TTE not at fault

Salunke was arrested by the Railway Police Thursday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 31, 2014 1:51 am

A day after a woman lost her life at Jalgaon railway station, the Central Railway, relying on CCTV footage from the spot, issued a statement saying the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) was not at fault. As per the official statement, the “footage indicates that the conductor was helping her. Unfortunately, she fell down and got run over by the train”.

Sampat Salunke, 57, was arrested in Jalgaon on charges of causing the death of Ujwala Nilesh Pandey, 35, after she fell under the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Rajendranagar Express while trying to board it. The victim’s nephew, Rahul Purohit, who was with her at the time, has alleged the TTE pushed her. Salunke was arrested by the Railway Police Thursday.

The CCTV footage from platform number 3, where the train arrived at 5.47 am, captured the incident. It is expected to be taken as crucial material evidence by the Bhusawal railway police, which is probing the case. Salunke received bail on Friday afternoon after being produced in a Jalgaon court.

“During questioning, he told us that he urged the victim to grab his hand. But she did not and instead tried to pull herself up using the rods. She slipped and fell in the gap,” said inspector Kalappa Pujari of the Bhusawal railway police.

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