ITBP job aspirants fall from speeding train; 15 dead
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 09:30
Shahjahanur/Bareilly: At least 15 youths were killed and over 12 injured when they fell down from the roof of two speeding trains while returning from Bareilly after submitting documents for jobs in ITBP in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Nine, travelling atop the Himgiri Express, were killed when they were hit by an overbridge near Shahjahanpur while another ITBP job-seeker died when he fell down from the Traveni Express in Hardoi district.

Agitated over the death of the youths, the job aspirants went on a rampage at Shahjahanpur station torching two bogies of the Jammu-Tawi Express and manhandling the driver of the Himgiri train.

Shahjahanpur District Magistrate Ajay Chauhan said train driver Mohammad Asif was assaulted by the unruly mob but maintained only one coach was torched.

UP Special DGP Brij Lal told PTI in Lucknow that nine youths were killed when they fell from the Himgiri Express near Roja station, barely four-km from Shahjahanpur railway station.

Over 12 ITBP aspirants were also injured, some of them critically, in the accident, he said.

The death toll was expected to rise as some youths also fell into Khannaut river, reports said.

Earlier, Brij Lal said the accident occurred when the youths came in contact with a live overhead electrical wire.

"Identity of the nine youths killed in Shahjahanpur accident is yet to be ascertained," he said.

A 25-year-old job-seeker returning home after taking part in the ITBP recruitment drive died after falling from the Triveni Express near Balamau railway station in Hardoi.

He was identified as Satyabhan Singh, police said. "Two special trains from Roja and Shahjahanpur have been arranged for tranporting the youths to their respective destinations," the DM said.

Some trains were cancelled and diverted in view of the accidents.

Over 1.5 lakh youths, vying for ITBP jobs, had reached Bareilly to submit forms for recruitment in the force.

Earlier in the day, thousands of ITBP aspirants went on a rampage in Bareilly torching a number of vehicles after they failed to submit their forms due to alleged mismanagement of the authorities.

The youths, who had gathered at the camp to submit their recruitment forms and obtain a token for physical test, failed to get their documents deposited.

Furious over this, they set ablaze seven buses, five of them belonging to the state roadways, some two-wheelers and a petrol pump, officials said.

The agitating youths also pelted stones at AIR and Doordarshan offices.

Yesterday, the job-seekers had clashed with farmers over plucking of sugarcane from their fields at Bukhara in Bareilly district.

The farmers allegedly opened fire as youths torched their cane fields and set afire a few shops.

However, no one was injured in the violence, police said.

The Special DGP said applications were invited from 11 states for the post of tradesmen in ITBP.

He said over 80,000 job-seekers had reached Bareilly yesterday and the number swelled to around 1.5 lakh this morning.

Lal said a large number of aspirants were called by the ITBP authorities but they did not coordinate with the local administration.

"This led to chaos," he said adding adequate PAC and police were deployed to restore calm.

In a statement, the ITBP said the force's DIG at Bareilly had duly informed the District Magistrate on January 17 about the recruitment drive.


First Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 09:30

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