Staff Reporter

Body of young man found on rail tracks cremated as unclaimed

NEW DELHI: Angry relatives and friends of a young man whose body was found on the rail tracks at Madhu Vihar here on April 26 and cremated as unclaimed held a protest on Wednesday accusing the police of not making enough efforts to establish his identity.

Nagendra, a resident of Jagatpuri, had left his house on a motorcycle around 9-45 a.m. on April 26. When he did not return till late in the evening, his father Giriraj Shankar Tiwari lodged a missing complaint with the area police around 8-30 p.m.

On Tuesday evening, Nagendra's relatives were informed by a sub-inspector of the Jagatpuri police station that his body had been found in Madhu Vihar and that it was cremated earlier in the day. Nagendra's clothes and the Tulsi beads he wore around his neck, which were in possession of the police, established that it was his body.

The lapse was brought to the notice of senior police officers, following which Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police-II D.K. Gupta visited the grieving family and assured them of stringent action against those found responsible.

However, anguished relatives blocked traffic near the Gagan Vihar roundabout around 4-30 p.m. on Wednesday. The protest went on for a couple of hours, during which some of the protesters allegedly tried to snatch keys of some vehicles stranded on the road. The police then dispersed the protestors.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Delhi) K.C. Dwivedi said a departmental enquiry into the matter has been initiated under the Preet Vihar Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Enquiries by the police have so far revealed that Nagendra's body was found on the rail tracks along Preet Vihar and Madhu Vihar around 10-30 a.m. on April 26. He had allegedly jumped in front of a running train.

The Police Control Room initially informed the Preet Vihar police, but investigations revealed that it fell under the jurisdiction of the Madhu Vihar police. Subsequently the body was preserved at a mortuary and “efforts initiated to establish the identity of the deceased”. The same day, as it turned out later, Nagendra's motorcycle was found abandoned at Preet Vihar, not far from the rail tracks. However, it is alleged that the police then did not proactively attempted to track down its owner. The Madhu Vihar police were also not able to establish his identity.On April 30, the missing persons' squad sent alerts to the Jagatpuri police that two unidentified bodies of similar description had been found at Shahdara and Madhu Vihar. “However, unfortunately, the sub-inspector who was pursuing the matter went on leave from May 1 to 4. When he returned on Tuesday, he came to know that Nagendra's body was found in Madhu Vihar, following which he informed his family,” said a police officer, adding that the enquiry was under way to fix responsibility and to ascertain what led to the serious lapse.