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Pushed off train, girl dies

Burdwan, Oct. 14: A 16-year-old girl died yesterday after being allegedly pushed off a running train by her classmate whose advances she had spurned.

The body of the girl lay for over two hours beside the tracks near Kalinagar on the Howrah-Katwa line before her father, informed by friends accompanying her, arrived and took her to hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Neighbours in Burdwan’s Purbasthali said police started a case only after local Trinamul leaders alleged inaction, and arrested the elder brother of the accused, who is on the run.

Asked how railway police failed to notice the body for two hours, Kalna GRP officer-in-charge Tapan Das said: “The railways didn’t inform us.”

The girl’s father said his daughter was returning from her tuition classes in Nabadwip and had boarded the ladies’ compartment when the accused hopped in. “He then proposed to her but she refused. She was standing near the door and the boy pushed her.”

Dulal was informed by one of the girls who was accompanying Sujaya.

District president of Trinamul Congress’s peasants’ cell Raj Kumar Pande said: “We will put up an indefinite blockade on the railway tracks if the police fail to arrest the accused in a day.”