Rahul’s train: Guard saw 4 men pelting stones
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 15:12
Panipat (Haryana): Around four young men were seen pelting stones at the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express that had Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on board, near here, the train's guard said.

"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," Rohtak Range IGP V Kamaraj said.

Window panes of five coaches of the Shatabdi Express carrying 39-year-old Gandhi, who had boarded at Ludhiana, were damaged in the stoning last night, including the one in which the Congress leader was travelling. However, no one was hurt.

Kamraj 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.

A Northern Railway spokesman had said last night that window panes of coaches -- C1, C2, C3, C4, C7 and C8 -- were damaged when some children stoned the train. Gandhi was in the C-3 compartment.

Kamaraj 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.

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.

He said the Government Railway Police, Panipat has registered a case under section 152 (damaging railway property) of the Indian Railways Act against unidentified persons. Under this section, the accused can get life imprisonment if proved guilty in a court.

The IGP said he would not like to make any guess on the identity of the persons who pelted the stones or go into the reasons behind the incident as the police was proceeding in the case in a scientific manner by exploring all angles.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 15:12

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