Train driver stabbed for not chang­ing tracks

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: A train driver was stabbed inside a lo­co­mo­tive en­gine by a man who al­legedly tried to force him to change track.

The ac­cused boarded the driver’s cabin while the train was wait­ing at a sig­nal and threat­ened him, ask­ing him not to drive on a track ad­ja­cent to a JJ colony. When he re­sisted, the man got down from the cabin and re­turned with a knife to at­tack him. The driver, Navlesh Kumar, has been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

In his state­ment, Kumar told po­lice that he was haul­ing a goods train from Tugh­laqabad to Am­bala Cantt and had stopped at a sig­nal near La­j­pat Na­gar outer cabin.

A co-driver, Shashi Kumar, was with him. Kumar said the ac­cused boarded the train near a JJ colony. He asked them to change track. When Kumar re­fused and asked him to get down, the man be­came abu­sive and started threat­en­ing them. “While leav­ing, the man said he would teach us a les­son,” Kumar said.

Af­ter a few min­utes, he re­turned with a knife and stabbed Kumar on his hip and ab­domen. When his co­driver tried to in­ter­vene, the man threat­ened him and fled. “Shashi, how­ever, man­aged to click his pho­to­graph,” Kumar said.

The con­trol room was in­formed and Kumar was rushed to hos­pi­tal. Po­lice said a case was reg­is­tered af­ter he gave his state­ment. A hunt is on for the ac­cused.

Rail­way of­fi­cials told TOI that they had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent. Pa­trolling by the Rail­way Pro­tec­tion Force has also been in­ten­si­fied. “There have been cases of snatch­ing in the area where boys from nearby jhug­gis have at­tacked pas­sen­gers stand­ing near the door. A rail­way of­fi­cial said the ac­cused may have opened the en­gine door when the train slowed down.

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