The three constables said they jumped off the train to save their jobs. If the prisoner had fled we would have had to face departmental action. We would have lost our job. So we jumped from the fast moving train. We are injured,but happy we managed to nab the prisoner, said constable Shrinath Kamble,who suffered fractures and back injuries.
Constable Vikas Phule,the first to jump after the convict,is in the ICU. His hands and left leg suffered fracture. He has head injuries too. Hanumant Masal is under treatment at the general ward. He fractured his left leg and suffered injuries on the waist.
Kamble said,Sometime after the train started,Mangrule said he wanted to go to the toilet. Phule and I took him to the toilet. I was holding a gun and was ahead of the handcuffed Mangrule,who was between me and Phule.
He said,Just when I was about to open the toilet door,Mangrule pushed me forward,kicked Phule and jumped out. The train was at high speed. But we had to nab the accused at any cost. We did not even think of pulling the chain as it would have taken sometime to stop the train. Phule immediately jumped out. Masal also jumped. I handed over my gun to Havaldar Kokane and jumped too.
We fell on the ground. Initially,we did not realise we were injured. We started running towards the accused who was badly injured and was lying on the ground. After we caught the accused,we could feel the pain in our body. Phule was soaked in blood while Masal had collapsed. We desperately wanted water. But we were at an isolated spot. There was not a single house around,
I could see some vehicles on the highway two kilometres away. I somehow reached the road and tried to stop a vehicle. No vehicle stopped even after I shouted that I am a policeman. Finally,a two-wheeler dropped me a kilometre from Bijapur police station.
Constables at the police station understood only Kannada. I was speaking Marathi. After sometime,a police sub-inspector came and he understood what I wanted to say. The inspector called an ambulance. We could then get medical aid.
We were told to file a report at Bijapur railway police station as the incident happened on the train. So I approached the local railway police. A complaint was registered against Mangrule. Railway police took him into their custody,
A Pune police team was also sent for our help. We were brought to Solapur where a proper medical check was done. Then we were brought to Pune around 6 am today and admitted to Hardikar hospital, he said.