Members of a Muslim family were beaten up and their women allegedly molested before being robbed of cash and jewellery by a group of hoodlums aboard a passenger train in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district on Wednesday.
The incident happened after Mohammad Shakir (50) and his family, returning from a wedding, boarded the Shikohabad-Farukkhabad passenger, which did not have GRP personnel, from Bhongaon at night.
Reportedly, the culprits snatched the mobile phone of Faizan, a physically challenged child of the family. As Shakir and his relatives objected, the accused got violent.
According to other passengers, the accused also passed comments on the women of the family, provoking Shakir and his three male relatives to strike them.
The accused hit them back and called their friends, who boarded the train at subsequent stops and assaulted them with batons and iron rods, and also pelted stones, breaking the train’s window panes.
“My family members suffered fractures, head injuries and internal injuries. Some even lost consciousness,” Shakir told the police, adding that the accused also molested the women, and fled with jewellery and Rs 60,000 cash.
The injured were admitted to RML Hospital in Farukkhabad, and an FIR was lodged with Farukkhabad GRP. Later, the FIR was transferred to Mainpuri GRP for probe.
Police detained four youths. However, they were not found to be involved in the incident.
Officiating SP of GRP, O P Singh said these youths and other passengers had given clues that may lead to the culprits.
A video shot by one of the victims’ family member showed there were around 15 assailants, a number of whom had got in after the train stopped at Pakham station.
The SP said investigations are on. “We will nab them soon.”