GUWAHATI, July 11 - Several organisations, while expressing deep sorrow at the brutal murder of Radha Kumari, a young woman of 20 years on a passenger train between the Sivasagar and Simaluguri railway stations on Tuesday, have urged the Director General of Police, Assam, to take the case on a priority basis and apprehend the culprit(s) at the earliest.
“Though we are not yet sure whether sexual assault took place or not, the heinous act of murder itself exposes the lacunae of the Railway Protection Force as well as the overall mechanism responsible for the safety of the passengers on trains – namely, the Indian Railways and the Assam Police,” the organisations said in a statement.
Stating that there has always been a group of people who are troublemakers and desire to create law-and-order problems, the statement added that it is a sorry commentary that such people are not being proactively nabbed and taken to task by people and departments which are entrusted with this task.
“We urge the Director General of Police, Assam, to look into this heinous crime on a priority basis and apprehend the culprit or culprits at the earliest. Thereafter, we expect that the rule of the land will be executed with the urgency these types of cases deserve. We further request the Director General of Police to ensure that all passengers – on trains, buses and other modes of transport – can travel without any apprehension and with a sense of safety and security,” it said.
The signatories to the statement included Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, director of North East Society for the Promotion of Youth and Masses (NESPYM); Nayan Bhandari Sharma, president of Gandhi:150 Celebration Committee, Assam; Kusum Bora Mokashi, trustee of Sarvodaya Trust Guwahati and Anima Dutta, representative of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Assam Branch.
Security beefed up: Meanwhile, security in trains across the State has been beefed up after two female passengers were found dead on trains under mysterious circumstances in two separate incidents within the last 24 hours.
NFR Public Relations Officer Nripen Bhattacharya said that RPF personnel have been deployed on all mail, express and passenger trains running across the Tinsukia division of the zone. Security has also been intensified in other divisions of NFR and additional personnel have been deployed.
“RPF personnel have been deployed on all trains, both long-distance and local trains, across Tinsukia division. Announcement is being made regularly over loudspeakers at stations to report presence of suspicious persons on trains. In case anybody notices any suspicious person, he or she can call the RPF helpline number 182,” said Bhattacharya.
The body of a 5th semester student of the Assam Agricultural University, Radha Kumari, was found in a toilet of a coach of the Dibrugarh-Rangiya Kamakhya Express when it reached Simaluguri junction yesterday. Today, the body of a woman was found inside the toilet of the coach for disabled of the Avadh Assam Express when the train reached Mariani junction.