A ten-year-old boy from Kannur was injured on a moving train after he was allegedly pelted with stones by a group of miscreants near the Vaduthala railway gate here on Monday. The boy, who suffered a skull fracture, was admitted to a private hospital at Kalamassery, where his condition is said to be stable.
Ernakulam Railway Police officials said that they suspect a group of school boys to have committed the crime. The boy was travelling with his parents in the S3 coach of the Ernakulam-Madgaon Express when the incident took place. The train, which left Ernakulam at 1.50 pm, crossed the Vaduthala railway gate after 2 pm. The incident took place just after the train crossed the railway gate.
Ernakulam Railway Police SI P Vinod said that stones were probably pelted by a group of school boys who are regularly seen loitering in the area. Similar incidents have been reported in the past too. However, after several warnings, the incidents of stone-pelting on moving trains had subsided. “We suspect that this was a similar case and we are seeking information from the residents of the area. We are yet to find out the details,” officials said. The case is being investigated by the Ernakulam North police and the Ernakulam Railway police.
According to sources, though the parents of the boy and other passengers tried to pull the chain of the train after the incident, the train did not stop. The train only halted at the Aluva railway station. The injured boy was immediately taken to the Aluva Taluk Hospital where he was administered first-aid. Taking into consideration the seriousness of the injury, he was later admitted to a private hospital, where he underwent surgery for a crack on the skull. Hospital officials confirmed that his condition was stable.