18-year-old girl falls off Pune-Lonavla local train, dies

Nikita died of severe head injuries; her friend and another fellow passenger injured in a bid to rescue her.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: December 2, 2015 5:16:12 am
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IN A shocking incident, an 18-year-old college girl died after she fell off the Pune-Lonavla local train, at Bopdeonagar, on Tuesday afternoon. Her friend and another passenger were critically injured while trying to rescue her, Government Railway Police (GRP) said.

The police have identified the deceased girl as Nikita Sanjay Agarwal, a resident of Dehu Road and a student of Pimpri’s Jai Hind College. The injured have been identified as Harshada Shankar Talari (19), a friend of Nikita and a resident of Dehu Road, and the other passenger, Dhanaraj Siddhu Todkar (26).

As per the preliminary information, Nikita and Harshada, had boarded the local train from Pimpri around 12.30 in the afternoon and were on their way home. Police Sub Inspector, GRP, Ramesh Yadawade, said: “We got a call at 1.30 pm about an accident at Bopdeonagar, between Akurdi and Dehu Road Railway stations. Our team immediately rushed to the spot. Three injured people were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Nikita, who was one among them, succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The two others are undergoing treatment and have been declared out of danger”””

“We have spoken to Harshada and Dhanaraj. Based on their statements, we now know that Nikita and Harshada were standing next to the door and were holding the pole, and Todkar was standing beside them. As the train sped, Nikita lost balance. To save her, Harshada held out her hand but lost balance. She, in turn, held Todkar’s hand, who too fell down while trying to save Harshada. Nikita sustained severe head injuries”,” said PSI Yadawade. When the engine driver got to know of the accident, he immediately stopped the train and passengers and locals rushed the three to the hospital.

There were reports that there could be a possibility that since Nikita was standing next to the door, her footwear got stuck on a lever protruding out of a welding machine next to the railway track, and she lost her balance. However, PSI Yadawade and senior railway officials denied the reports. A press release issued by the Central Railway stated that assistance is being extended out to the family members of the deceased and the injured. Police said Nikita is survived by her parents and a brother.

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