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City journalist run over by train,was headed home for engagement

A 26-year-old journalist,on his way home for his engagement,died after he fell from a crowded train while he was attempting to board it. He was crushed under the wheels of another train after he fell on the tracks.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 10, 2009 12:48:33 am

A 26-year-old journalist,on his way home for his engagement,died after he fell from a crowded train while he was attempting to board it. He was crushed under the wheels of another train after he fell on the tracks.

While police officials are calling it an accident,his relatives are crying foul.

The accident occurred at 11 pm on Thursday night and police recovered his body on Friday morning. His relatives were,however,informed about the accident only at 8.30 pm in the evening. They said that he had all the necessary identification papers on him and a mobile phone too. Cops,however,informed his family over 12 hours after his body was found on the tracks.

Police said the victim,identified as Jayant Kumar Rath,had gone to New Delhi Railway Station to board the Puri-bound Purusottam Express. He was waiting on Platform number 6,while the train arrived on Platform number 9. He apparently crossed the tracks to board the train. While boarding the train,he slipped and fell on the tracks and was crushed by another train.

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His uncle,B K Rath,however,said that Jayant had been taking that train for years and it was impossible that Jayant would cross the tracks to go to another platform. Rath said,“He left home at 9.40 pm on Thursday. He had ample time to reach the railway station. Why would he cross the tracks to go to the platform,when he has been taking the train for years? He was a very responsible boy. We had been trying call him up since Thursday night. It was ringing continuously,but nobody answered.”

Police found Jayant’s body on the tracks at 3.30 on Friday morning and kept it in a nearby mortuary.

“I was informed only at 8.30 pm,” B.K. Rath said.

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Jayant was on his way to Koilo Village in Cuttack,Orissa,for his engagement,which was scheduled for later this month.

Jayant worked as a reporter for Hindustan Times Next as an education correspondent. He lived in the Capital with his cousin in Baba Kharak Singh Marg. His elder brother died three years ago.

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First published on: 10-05-2009 at 12:48:33 am

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