Bhopal: Forty-five days after railway passenger and Kanpur resident Rati Tripathi (29) was thrown off the Malwa Express train, leaving her seriously injured, the Government Railway Police (GRP) said here Friday that it has arrested six dacoits in connection with the crime.
"We have arrested six accused, all hailing from Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh and recovered Rati's mobile phone from them. However, we haven't found the bag and another mobile phone which belongs to her yet," Special Director General of Police (Rail) Maithlisharan Gupt told reporters.
He said that a gang of dacoits used to target girls and women travelling in railway trains at night.
Gupt said that the accused, who were in the S?7 coach where Rati was resting on berth number 7 became active on November 17 night. They were attracted to her beautiful bag, and thought that it contained huge money and valuables, when the train had slowed down close to Karonda station.
The accused, namely Chandan and Devi tried to snatch Rati's bag when she was asleep on Malwa Express on its way to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh from New Delhi.
However, as she woke up and grabbed Chandan's hair tightly after which Devi bit her hand to free Chandan, Gupt said.
In the tussle near one of the doors of Rati's railway compartment, the accused jumped off the train along with the victim when the train had slowed down during the dawn of November 18 near Karonda station, Gupt said.
With the help of the GRP, an injured Rati was rushed to Bina and then to Sagar. Later, Rati was admitted to a hospital in Bhopal where she gained her consciousness ten days ago, but she still unable to recognise anybody, he said.
He said that the accused Chandan, Devi, Chottalal Gadaria, Gulab Singh, Jahar Singh and Onkar have admitted their involvement in more than six cases of robbery on the train.
Those accused are in police remand and they would be produced before Rati, once she is in a position to recognise people, he said.