INDIA: Army soldiers murdered five civilians

April 2nd, 2005  
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Topic: INDIA: Army soldiers murdered five civilians

Date of incident: 23 January 2005

Case details:

On 23 January 2005 at around 5:00am, some passengers entered the compartment of the Farakka Express on the Delhi-Kanpur route. The compartment was occupied by troops mostly from the Rajputana Rifles, an army battalion. An altercation broke out amongst the passengers and the army jawan [soldiers] who claimed that the compartment was reserved only for military personnel.

When the train halted at the Shikohabad railway station, Jogendra Singh, Pradeep Kumar and Rajendra Kumar of Rajputana Rifles along with another jawan of the Border Security Force allegedly threw six passengers out of the train onto the tracks of the oncoming Sampoorna Kranti Express. Five of the passengers were crushed to death while another was seriously injured and hospitalised. The Superintendent of Police, Ferozabad, Mr Ram Kumar, said that two of the victims' bodies, a man and a woman, are yet to be identified. Local people are fearful that the police will not investigate in this case properly as the perpetrators are army soldiers. There have been repeated similar incidents where people were beaten and killed by army personnel after being thrown from a train.

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