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Glare on passenger death on tracks

Jamshedpur: The railway authorities have started a probe into why a 40-year-old passenger, apparently mentally unstable, was made to board a second train without escort when he had jumped off a first.

The body of Ananth Bora, a resident of Assam and travelling on a reserved ticket from Pune to Howrah, was found on tracks 20km from Chakradharpur station on Thursday morning. Bora had cried bomb and jumped off Azad Hind Express near Goelkera, 100km from Tatanagar, in the small hours of Thursday. Railway police had then put him on Mumbai Mail bound for Howrah.

Chakradharpur senior divisional commercial manager Bhaskar said, “Our vigilance and security teams are trying to find out why Bora was allowed to travel alone (on Mumbai Mail) and not handed over to an RPF escort party who were on the train,” he said.

Bhaskar said after Bora jumped off the first train, he was administered first-aid. “Since we were so concerned about the passenger‘s safety, he should have been handed over to the escort party.”

Railway police had found Bora’s reserved ticket, voter ID, PAN card and Aadhaar card on his body.

Tatanagar RPF inspector M.K. Singh said bereaved family members had been informed and they were on their way to Chakradharpur.

Another official said since Bora was a bona fide passenger, his kin were entitled to Rs 4 lakh as compensation from the railways.

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