Jan. 13: A 40-year-old woman from Jalpaiguri, who was reported missing from the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail on January 11, was found dead today in a mango orchard in Bhagalpur, Bihar.
A police officer said her semi-nude body was hanging from a tree in the orchard under Kahalgaon police station.
The woman, who boarded the train from New Jalpaiguri station with her son and three relatives, was travelling on the same train from which a 35-year-old from Darjeeling had jumped off on January 3 to escape an alleged rape attempt.
Kahalgaon additional superintendent of police Meenu Kumari said there were no external injuries on the body, which has been sent for an autopsy. Bhagalpur SP K.S. Anupam said instructions had been given to the station house officer (SHO) concerned to conduct the post-mortem “only after the arrival of the victim’s kin”.
Kahalgaon SHO B.P. Singh said a police team reached Masakpur village following information that a woman’s body was hanging from a tree. It was later identified as that of the woman, a resident of Hathipota in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, he said.
The SHO said Devendra, one of the relatives travelling with her in the packed general compartment, had told the police the woman couldn’t be found after the train slowed down between Shivnagar and Kahalgaon stations. When the train reached Kahalgaon, he informed the Government Railway Police (GRP).
Devendra, who reached Kahalgaon police station today after learning that a woman’s body had been found, identified it as that of his relative. He reportedly said the woman was mentally unsound and may have jumped off.
Rape bid charges
Jammu and Kashmir Rifles trooper Ramesh Kumar and his friend Dinesh Thongial will face speedy trial for their alleged bid to rape the 35-year-old from Darjeeling who jumped off the Brahmaputra Mail between Ara and Karisath stations in Bihar on January 3.
Investigating officer Rajendra Prasad, of Ara GRP, said the two had been “chargesheeted” and he would appeal to the Ara railway magistrate to hear the case day to day.
The officer said the two had been charged with offences including wrongful restraint and assault with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty. The chargesheet was filed yesterday.