Night-long train ride with rapists

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by four youths in a passenger train between Bagaha and Narkatiaganj railway stations on Tuesday night.

The incident came to light on Wednesday morning when the train arrived at Muzaffarpur Junction railway station and the victim lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP) station there.

A GRP team arrested two — later identified as Mukesh Verma and Sandip Verma. They both are stated to be residents of Samastipur district. However, their two other accomplices are still at large.

Muzaffarpur superintendent of railway police (SRP) Vinod Kumar said the victim, a resident of Saharsa, was allegedly raped by the youths while traveling by 55030 Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur Passenger last night. The woman, stated to be the mother of a two-year-old girl, was returning to Saharsa from Gorakhpur after meeting her sister. She had initially boarded the 15212 Jan Nayak Express at Gorakhpur but she missed the train when she alighted to fetch drinking water at Bagaha railway station on the Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur section of East Central Railway.

The woman later boarded the 55030 Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur Passenger at Bagaha railway station, around 200km from Muzaffarpur.
25crimeAccording to her statement, some youths, who were travelling in the same compartment with the victim, outraged her modesty after she was left alone. The youths initially offered her breads and developed intimacy. Finding her alone in the compartment, they sexually assaulted her. She narrated her tale of woes to the GRP personnel at Muzaffarpur Junction, around 75km north of Patna. The GRP personnel registered a complaint and arrested the two accused, SRP Kumar said.

On Wednesday, the train arrived at Muzaffarpur Junction railway station 50 minutes behind its scheduled arrival time of 4.50am.

He said: “The victim was examined by a team of doctors at the Sadar hospital in Muzaffarpur. Thereafter, she was taken to Bettiah, around 130km from Muzaffarpur, by a GRP team to get her statement recorded in the railway court under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.”

Kumar said the victim’s clothes would be sent to the state forensic science laboratory in Patna for examination. “The two arrested persons were also medically examined. The reports of medical examination on both the victim and the accused are awaited,” he told over phone from Muzaffarpur.

He added that the woman was not carrying her baby with her at the time of the incident. During interrogation, she told the police that she was accompanied by two persons of her village who had been staying in Gorakhpur for long. “As they were returning to their native village, my sister asked them to take me with them,” she told the interrogators.

However, she was left at Bagaha railway station when she alighted from the Jan Nayak Express for water. “The relatives of the victim have been informed about the incident,” a police officer posted at Muzaffarpur GRP said, adding that she would be handed over them. The police officer said that raids were on to catch the two other accused.

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