Toll-free number to be displayed in bogies to help passengers call police in case of emergency

In a shocking incident, Kishore Behara of Odisha, killed his wife Lata (44) in the Bhubaneswar-bound Konark Express late on Thursday night.

According to the Railway Police, Kishore, working as a driver in Mumbai and hailing from Khurda Road, was seen quarrelling with his wife from Vizianagaram onwards.

When she went to the toilet, he followed her and allegedly used the baggage chain to strangle her, killing her on the spot. Though Lata screamed for help, none of the passengers could go to her rescue as Kishore bolted the door from inside. He suspected the fidelity his wife. The Train Ticket Examiner alerted the Railway Police at the Srikakulam station. Policemen forcibly opened the door and took the accused into custody. But by then Lata had died. Outraged co-passengers and railway staff demanded stern action against Kishore.

SP visits station

Government Railway Police Superintendent of Police Shyam Prasad and DSP Bhima Rao visited the Srikakulam station and enquired about the incident. Mr. Prasad said that the couple boarded the train in Pune by purchasing general tickets. However, they shifted to bogie Number-7 in II class.

Mr. Prasad said the task of security on the Konark Express was assigned to the Railway Protection Force while admitting that staff crunch was a major concern for GRP. “We talked to the victim’s brother Natan Behara, who said Kishore used to harass his sister. We will produce the accused in court,” he added.

The SP said henceforth, toll-free number would be displayed in all bogies to enable passengers to call the Railway Police in case of emergency. He announced cash awards to the local Sub-Inspector Naveen and others for taking the accused into custody.