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2nd victim on pension trip

Dibrugarh/Sivasagar: Lalima Devi, 62, the second woman to have been murdered on a train in Upper Assam on Wednesday afternoon, within 36 hours of the first, was on her way to Bihar's Gopalganj from Dibrugarh to get her pension released and get gifts for her daughter-in-law.

Lalima, like Radha Kumari, whose body was recovered from Dibrugarh-Rangiya Express on Tuesday morning, hailed from Bihar but was living in Assam for decades.

Lalima's body was recovered from the toilet of the Dibrugarh-Delhi Avadh-Assam Express at Mariani railway station in Jorhat district.

The post-mortem was conducted at Jorhat but the body was not handed over to the sons.

"Ma was going to Gopalganj to our native village to get her pension released. At 9.30am she boarded the train at Banipur. At 3pm we came to know her body was recovered from inside the toilet of the train at Mariani railway station. After hearing the news both her sons rushed to Mariani. We don't know how it happened," said Pooja Singh, wife of Lalima's son Jitendra Kumar Singh.

Lalima, a widow, lived with her two sons, Jitendra and Bijendra, at Niz Kodomoni in a rented house in Dibrugarh town. Jitendra works for an NGO which has provided the family with accommodation.

"Ma had been visiting Gopalganj alone for years. She told me she would bring gifts for me from Gopalganj. Why was she murdered? She had no enemies. She was very affectionate. Four of us were living happily," Pooja said.

Co-accused: A sketch drawn by artist Debasish Banerjee, based on the description provided by Radha's mother Tara Devi who had gone to see her daughter off at Sivasagar station, has been identified as that of co-accused Bipin Pandey. It resembles Bipin's picture, found during a raid at his temporary house that encroached on railway land in Tinsukia town at noon.

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