New Delhi: Railways today ordered an inquiry into the death of a national-level fencing champion who was allegedly pushed off a moving train by railway police personnel in UP's Hathras district.
"Asking UP govt to take strictest possible action against the police. We Cant tolerate crime by uniformed police, supposed to be Protector (sic)," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted.
"Ordered immediate action on police for this heinous crime. Condolence to bereaved family. Such acts can't be tolerated," he said.
The alleged incident took place when 27-year-old Hoshiyar Singh was travelling with his mother, wife and their 10-month -old child in Kasganj-Mathura passenger train yesterday.
Singh and his family were returning home to Mathura after attending a function at Patiyali block in Kasganj district and had boarded the passenger train around noon.
He had boarded the general coach after seating his mother and wife in the women's coach.
Though there was no official word as to how he died, his family members alleged that when Singh went to the women's coach to meet his ailing wife, Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel stopped him and asked for Rs 200.
When he refused to pay, he was thrown off the train by police personnel, they alleged.
Since GRP is under the state government, railways has been seeking more policing power for RPF and seeking states' cooperation in this regard.
"Constitutional provision law and order state subject. For better safety and security have requested states to give policing powers to Rail (sic)," Prabhu said on the social networking site.
SP (Railway), Agra, Gopesh Khanna told PTI that on the demand of his family members, an FIR was lodged against two Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel - Ram Bilas and Rajesh Kumar - who were accused of "pushing" him out of the running train.