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Mother, daughter die after falling off train to catch thief



Two women died when they fell off a running train in an attempt to catch a thief, near Vrindavan Road railway station, on Saturday.

According to the railway police, the two women — Meena, 40, and Manisha, 21, of Durgapur — were travelling in the weekly Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram express, when a bag snatcher ran away with the purse.

They tried to chase him and fell off the train. They were rushed to a Mathura hospital, but succumbed to injuries. Meena’s son Akash received injuries in the accident. IANS

Meena Devi and Manisha who are from Durgapur in West Bengal, were jolted out of sleep around 4am when the thief pulled the emergency chain near Vrindavan Road station and jumped off as the train slowed down. On realising their bag had been pinched, the mother ran after the thief, followed by her daughter, and fell off the train in succession, the police quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

Jogender Kumar, superintendent of police (SP), Railways, Agra region, said Meena was found dead on the spot while her daughter was critically injured. She was taken to a local hospital nearby where she passed away, he said.

“Both bodies have been sent for post-mortem. It is not clear whether the women were crushed by the Trivandrum Express or the Sampark Kranti Express that passed on a nearby track at that time,” Kumar said.

“According to eyewitnesses, an unidentified criminal took Meena’s bag, pulled the chain and jumped from the slowing train at about 4am. The woman, who woke up, chased the thief. She was followed by Manisha, but while the thief escaped, the women came under a train after falling from it,” Kumar said.

The Ernakulam-bound Trivandrum Express travels to Kota from Delhi via Mathura and Sawai Madhopur, railway officials said.

In the evening, the SP transferred inspector Rajesh Kumar Dubey, the GRP in-charge of Mathura station, to Police Lines. A departmental probe has been ordered against Dubey for failing to curb crimes in areas under his jurisdiction. Inspector Subodh Kumar has been named the new in-charge of GRP Mathura.





Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor for image makeover




New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has inked a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) for image makeover, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday.

The AAP had secured 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi in the last assembly elections in 2014. The date of assembly election in Delhi is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.

Political strategist and currently an influential leader of the Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor runs advocacy group IPAC.

The advocacy group also declared on Saturday they have inked a deal with Kejriwal’s party.

On social media platforms, Kejriwal said: “Happy to share that IPAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”

The advocacy group also said: “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kishore worked with the Congress in 2017 for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. His wrote a successful story in Punjab in helping the Congress come back to power after two successive electoral losses.

Currently, Kishor is national vice-president of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is an ally of the BJP at Centre as well in Bihar.

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