An Assamese woman (23) was found dead near railway tracks with multiple injuries in Civil Lines area of Etawah district Thursday. The police are yet to detect any foul play in the death and said the investigation so far indicates the woman fell from a moving train accidentally.
The woman’s cellphone was recovered from the spot. With the help of its SIM card, the victim was identified as Pratibha Parvat, a native of Detori Zar village in Assam’s Sonitpur district.
The police called up the last dialled numbers on Pratibha’s cellphone, one of which turned out to be her landlord’s in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar locality, and found out that she worked at a McDonald outlet in the city. She had boarded Guwahati-bound Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express train that left Delhi station at 11.55 pm on Wednesday.
The police have informed her family who are on their way to Etawah.
Superintendent of Police, Etawah, Dinesh Kumar P said they are waiting for the family to confirm her identity. The body will be sent for postmortem after that. He said no eyewitness of the incident has been traced.
A few of Pratibha’s friends, who were contacted by the police on the basis of their phone numbers found in woman’s cellphone, have reached Etawah.
Pratibha’s brother Prakash, when contacted, said, “We are on our way to Etawah. My sister has a four-year-old son who now lives with my mother as Pratibha separated from her husband two years ago. She was living in Delhi alone. I last spoke with her Wednesday evening.”
Civil Lines police station, Jasveer Singh said, Pratibha was travelling in the S-6 coach of the train and a few of the passengers in the coach told the train ticket examiner (TTE), Bishwadeep, to have seen the victim standing near the doors of the bogie. They also told him that the woman probably fell from the speeding train.
TTE Bishwadeep told The Indian Express that the woman’s name in passenger’s list was mentioned as Pratibha Das and her age as 20. Her reservation was not confirmed and he had offered his seat to her till a berth was arranged. As the train left Allahabad station, the TTE said he went to the coach where the passengers told him that the woman had fallen from the moving train somewhere in Etawah.
He also said the passengers said they did not pull the chain to stop the train as they could not decide if it was required.
The TTE recorded their statements and informed the railway officials as the train reached Mughalsarai railway station. The Government Railway Police at Mughalsarai later passed the information to their counterparts in Etawah and the details were further forwarded to the Civil Lines police station.