The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Chairman, Railway Board and the Director General of Police, Government of Madhya Pradesh after taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that a young boy was mercilessly beaten by some fellow passengers for hours on board a Mumbai bound train in the night of the 25th March, 2016 without any action by either the Railway Protection Force, RPF or the Government Railway Police, GRP to save him. They have been given four weeks time to submit detailed reports in the matter.
The Commission has observed that it is a matter of concern that despite deployment of RPF to monitor security of the passengers in the moving trains and the GRP at every station, no security personnel noticed the plight of the victim between Jabalpur and Itarasi. Therefore, the contents of the news report, if true, are evident of insensitivity and careless attitude of the personnel of these forces and raise a serious issue of violation of human right to life and dignity of the youth.
According to the media reports, carried on the 29th March, 2016, the boy, Sumit, had boarded S-2 coach of Mumbai bound Pataliputra - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast Express from Jabalpur at 11:00 p.m. on the 25th March, 2016.
Reportedly, he had an altercation over drinking water from the bottle of a fellow passenger. Thereafter, a group of them beat and hanged him upside down out of the window of the fast moving train for nearly four hours covering a distance of about 272 kilometers from Jabalpur to Itarasi.
They did not stop at this only and continued to beat him mercilessly at every station till some vendors saved him from their clutches. Allegedly, the group of passengers, who beat Sumit, was travelling from Patna to Mumbai to appear in a competitive examination.