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Poison whiff in jawan death

Alipurduar, July 4: A jawan found unconscious in a local train here died in hospital today, probably from poisoning.

Krishno Kant Misra was spotted last night by railway employees on board the 5741 UP Intercity Express that plies between Alipurduar Junction and Siliguri.

Misra died at Alipurduar Junction Railway Hospital at 6.15am. He was admitted there after the train reached Alipurduar Junction at 12.20 last night. The hospital authorities had sent an ambulance to the station for Misra.

Doctors at the hospital said the 30-year-old jawan had not responded to any treatment to bring back his senses. The local police station and the Binnaguri Army Cantonment were informed of his death in the morning. The body was first taken to Alipurduar Subdivisional Hospital for post-mortem. Later it was handed over to the officials from Hasimara Air Force Hospital.

Sources in the railway hospital said a train ticket from Guwahati to Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 1,585 and an identity card, which said he worked as a sepoi in Tejpur of Assam, were found on Misra.

Ajoy Kumar, the on-duty doctor at the railway hospital, said: “I suspect it is a case of poisoning. But the details will be known only after the post mortem report arrives.”

P.T. Bhutia, the officer-in-charge of Alipurduar Junction station, said the ticket was of the New Delhi-bound North East Express. “He had boarded the train on July 2. The same evening he may have got down in New Jalpaiguri station. But the question is where was he throughout the night of July 2 and the whole of yesterday? We are yet to find the answers.”

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