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Police zeroing in on 3-4 men in stoning of Rahul`s train

Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 00:33

Panipat (Haryana): Police were on Wednesday zeroing
in on three to four young men in connection with the stoning
of the Shatabdi train in which Rahul Gandhi was travelling
last night, as forensic experts joined the probe.

Rohtak Range IGP V Kamaraj said the Government
Railway Police, Panipat has registered a case under section
152 (damaging railway property) of the Indian Railways Act
against unidentified persons. Rahul(39), who was travelled in
Chair Car (C-3), was safe but a crack had developed in one of
the windowpanes of this compartment.

Police are probing all angles and investigating whether
the incident in which the Amritsar-Shatabdi express was
targeted near here was deliberate or another stray stone
throwing case, as questions were raised whether security of
the Gandhi family should be compromised in austerity drive.

Kamaraj said broken glass pieces and some stones found in
the train had been taken for forensic examination at the
Forensic Laboratory at Madhuban in Karnal district. Some
windowpanes in five coaches were in all damaged but no one ws
hurt. Rahul had boarded the train from Ludhiana.

"As the train was moving at a slow speed, the guard of
the train reported having seen three to four young men
throwing stones at the coaches," Kamaraj said. "We have
identified the place where the incident happended."

Kamaraj said the guard told the police that the train was
moving at a slow speed near the Anaj Mandi of Gharaunda in
Karnal district due to some repair work on the tracks on the
Karnal-Panipat section.

He said the guard has also shouted at the young men
asking them not to pelt stones, but by then the window panes
of some bogies had already suffered damage. The guard, he
said, was in his cabin at the rear end of the train.

"The guard could not clearly see the faces of the
miscreants in the darkness," the IGP said.

Rahul Gandhi had made the day-trip to Punjab`s industrial city of Ludhiana to participate in a training camp for Youth Congress leaders. He took the train early from New Delhi station and returned late in the evening.

The Congress MP from Amethi followed his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in travelling economy class. The 38-year-old Congress leader chose to travel by train as part of the party`s austerity drive because of the drought in many parts of the country.

Sonia Gandhi had Monday travelled by a routine Delhi-Mumbai flight on an economy-class seat as part of the austerity drive.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 00:33

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