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Negligence slur on GRP for lady death

Bhagalpur, Jan. 14: The government railway police (GRP) have drawn flaks from all quarters for not acting in time to save a woman from dying even as initial probe ruled out any rape or assault on her.

The 40-year-old woman, travelling with her son and other relatives in the Brahmaputra Mail to Delhi, was found hanging from a mango tree yesterday morning — around 22 hours after she had got down from the train at Bhavangama village, around 7km from Kahalgaon railway station.

“When we, including her 11-year-old son Chandan, approached the GRP in Kahalgaon around 2.30 on Saturday afternoon, no one took us seriously. After keeping us waiting there for at least six hours, we were told to go to Bhagalpur. But Bhagalpur GRP did not take our complaint as the officer on duty was apparently absent. Yesterday morning an officer took us back to a mango orchard in Makeshpur village, around 1.5km from Kahalgaon station, to identify a body. Our hope dashed seeing the body of my wife’s aunt of Rainabadh village in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district,” said Devendra at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital campus this morning.

“An autopsy at the hospital last night revealed that the woman had not been physically assaulted before her death. According to the medical report, it appears as a suspected suicide case,” said Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police K.S. Anupam.

However, Anupam alleged negligence on the GRP’s part. “On Saturday evening, the Kahalgaon RPF formally requested the station house officer of Kahalgaon police station, B.P. Singh, to search a missing woman,” she added.

Deputy inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur) Amit Kumar Jain also supported her. “We consider it as a serious lapse by the GRP,” he said.

Amitav Das, the superintendent of railway police, Jamalpur, under whose jurisdiction Kahalgaon falls, said that he was on way to the spot, about 260km on east of Patna, for inquiry. “I can comment only after the inquiry,” he said.