In a shocking incident, a national fencing champion, Hoshiyar Singh, died after allegedly being thrown off a moving train by state railway police officers, in Uttar Pradesh.
Following the incident, the Indian Railways assured appropriate action into the death Hoshiyar Singh. “He was coming from Kasganj to Mathura and he entered ladies coach. We have ordered investigation into the matter, once the report comes we will take appropriate action…We have asked senior officials to probe the matter,” said Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.
The victim was a bronze medalist in an under-17 championship in 2005. He was returning with his family- wife, mother and seven-year old child-from Mathura to his hometown Kasganj when the incident took place.
Hoshiyar Singh reportedly came to the women coach to check up on his wife, as his wife had called him saying that she was feeling sick. The victim’s family alleges that the railway police demanded a fine of Rs.200 from him for allowing him to enter the women’s coach. When Hoshiyar refused to pay the fine, the policemen allegedly assaulted him and threw him out of the train and he died on the spot.
“They pushed my husband for money. He was in the ladies coach and not talking to me. Police came and asked him what he was doing in the ladies coach. I begged them to let him talk to me. They pushed him and he got stuck. I hope they are punished,” said his wife Jyoti Singh.