City constable beaten to death at rail station

Squabble over unauthorised passageway leads to tragedy

A 53-year-old Delhi Police constable was beaten to death by a catering in-charge when the former tried to prevent him from going through an “unauthorised passageway” at the New Delhi Railway Station early on Monday morning.

A television grab of Delhi Police constable Riyaz Hussain who was killed while on duty at the New Delhi Railway Station on Monday.

Constable Riyaz Hussain, a resident of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly killed  by Dhanpat and his juniors around 6.00 am at platform number 1.
Dhanpath has been arrested.

“Hussain was attacked by the accused when he was objecting to some caterers not to use an unauthrised route,” said B S Gurjar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways).
According to the police, Dhanpath along with some of his juniors was crossing the tracks with a trolley of goods when the constable asked them to stop. An argument followed and it resulted in a fight when Dhanpath pouncehd on the constable.

“Another constable posted nearby came to the rescued of Hussian. A Quick Reaction Team van rushed Hussain to the Lok Nayak Hospital where doctors declared him dead,” Gurjar said.
The police is probing the case to assertain whether there were other persons helping Dhanpath.
“We have asked for the footage of closed-circuit television camera to identify the culprit and the person who first instigated the argument,” police said.

Different version

Howver, Senior Public-Relations Officer (PRO) of the Northern Railways, Y S Rajput had a different tale to tell. He alleged that Dhanpath and two trolley pullers were moving on the cemented pathway to cross over to the adjacent platform. The pathway is situated over the tracks.

“The only way to move the trolleys from one platform to another is by using this way. The constable had probably objected to this and the fight started,” he said.

The Additional General Manager (Northern Railways) has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

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