A national level fencing champion, Hoshiyar Singh, died after being allegedly pushed off a moving train by railway police personnel near Mathura when he entered a compartment reserved for women to check on his ailing wife, according to reports.
Times of India quoted Munesh Kumar Singh, a constable with the Delhi Police and Singh's elder brother, as saying that the fencing player was travelling with his mother, wife and their 10-month-old baby after attending a religious event at Kasganj district when the incident happened.
"While the ladies sat in the women's coach with the baby, my brother was travelling in the general coach. My sister-in-law complained of dizziness and my mother called my brother on mobile phone," Munesh Kumar said.
Singh's father told ANI that the railway police asked Singh to either get off the ladies' compartment or pay up. Soon, an argument broke out and police personnel allegedly pushed Singh out of the moving train.
"The GRP personnel asked my son to leave the coach or pay Rs 200... By that time the train started moving," Singh's father said. The victim's wife, who was inconsolable, demanded strict punishment for the GRP personnel.
"They pushed my husband off the train...I was not well and I called him to the ladies' coach. He was talking to me when the Railway Police came to him asked what he was doing in the ladies' coach," she said. "In the meantime, the train started moving and they pushed him... I want that strict punishment should be given to them," she added.
On Friday, the Indian Railways said they would take appropriate action.
"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," Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, was quoted as saying by ANI.
Singh won a bronze in an under-17 championship in 2005, according to NDTV.
An FIR has been filed against an unnamed constable, NDTV reported, but police claim that the athlete slipped and fell when he tried to board the moving train.
"He was on his way to Mathura. He had got off to drink water and while trying to catch up with the moving train he slipped and got stuck," a police officer told the channel.