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Train mob attacks two

Dumka, Nov. 10: A 30-year-old woman was admitted to sadar hospital today after being harassed and beaten up by a group of youths at Dumka station over an alleged “illicit” relationship.

Police said the condition of Rani Kisku was critical.

According to sources, Fitkoria resident Kisku along with Ramnath Sah (33) of Godda’s Thakurgangti village had boarded the Jasidih-Dumka Passenger train at Jasidih around 7am. The duo was returning from Noida where they had been working at various construction sites for the past couple of months. Kisku apparently had not been keeping well for sometime and had asked Sah to accompany her back home.

Eyewitnesses said trouble started as soon as they boarded the train at Jasidih.

“The youths, around 15 in number and all of them tribals, questioned the duo and asked them if they were a couple. The youths were agitated after they found out that the man, Sah, was not a tribal. They harassed them throughout the two-hour journey and later beat them up,” one of the co-passengers told The Telegraph.

Sources said when the train stopped at Dumka around 9am around 30 youths from various welfare hostels of SP College were waiting at the station.

“The duo was dragged out of their compartment and attacked with belts and sticks. Though they kept pleading for mercy and insisting that they were not a couple, the attack continued. No one came forward to rescue them,” an eyewitness said.

Later the victims were forced to strip and chased by the mob for at least a kilometre, till SP College, before police intervened, and took them to a hospital.

“I tried my best to convince them but they were not ready to listen to us,” Sah, who is married and has four children, told The Telegraph from his hospital bed.

Dumka SP Hemant Toppo said an FIR against unknown people had been lodged at the town police station.