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RPF guards flee barracks

The four Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel accused of assaulting Rajkumar Saha at Dum Dum Cantonment station on the night of July 31 are absconding, said a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer on Tuesday.

They had allegedly beaten up 25-year-old Rajkumar “for asking an RPF guard in plainclothes to show his identity card”.

“We were told that the guards left the barracks on Monday night,” said a GRP officer. “It seems the accused are trying to evade arrest after realising that escaping legal action would be difficult,” the GRP officer said.

A team of GRP officers from Dum Dum visited the RPF barracks near Belgachhia on Tuesday with the intention to question the quartet and record their statements.

“We had summoned the RPF guards to our Dum Dum office and they realised that we were going to wrap up the case. The merit of the complaint and other evidence invite lawful action against them. We suspect they left the barracks to avoid arrest,” said another GRP officer.

RPF officers admitted that the four accused guards were on the run.

“Our internal probe is almost over and the accused have been identified,” said an RPF officer.

Utpal Naskar, superintendent of police, Sealdah GRP, said he had received a letter from the RPF on Tuesday that marked the accused guards as fugitives.

“The guards must have planned to surrender before the court. If it happens, they might be remanded in judicial custody and they won’t have to spend a night in our lock-up. Efforts are on to track them before they get the chance to appear before a court,” said another GRP officer.

Rajkumar’s family members met Sealdah GRP chief Naskar on Tuesday.

A complaint lodged by Rajkumar’s sister Srabani with the Dum Dum GRP on August 1 mentions that the accused and his three accomplices attacked Rajkumar with sticks, leading to profuse bleeding from his left ear. Doctors had found a fractured bone above Saha’s left ear.

The family members had accused the RPF of trying to hush up the incident.

“A person identifying himself as an RPF guard called me a day after the attack and offered me half the treatment cost for my brother if I refrained from lodging any complaint,” Srabani had alleged.