The dismembered body of a first-year student of Bokaro Thermal Degree College was found on the tracks near Bokaro Thermal railway gate, about 50km from the city, on Monday evening.
Passers-by spotted the dead girl, later identified as student Soni Kumari (22), around 7.30pm and informed police. A team from BTPS thana rushed to the spot and sent the body to Tenughat Hospital for post-mortem.
Police, however, are not sure whether the student committed suicide or was mowed down by a train accidentally.
“We have sent the body for autopsy while call details of her mobile phone, which we recovered from the spot, are being examined. Investigations are on to ascertain whether she jumped to her death or was it an accident,” said BTPS thana sub-inspector J.P. Singh, who had led the police team.
Sources said to check call details, Singh inserted the SIM card into his phone. Immediately, Soni’s younger sister Moni called. She was asked to come to the accident spot to identify the body. Apart from her phone, police recovered Soni’s textbooks from the spot.
A resident of Govindpur Colony in Bokaro Thermal, Soni was the eldest daughter of Central Coalfields employee Rajendra Ram.
She went to college around noon and had told her family that she would visit a friend before returning home. When she did not till late evening, her family started calling her number frantically.
“I still can’t believe it. My daughter was a brave and practical girl. It is unlikely that she will commit suicide. I fear she died in an accident,” said the bereaved father.