73 lives lost on and off trains in 6 months

73 lives lost on and off trains in 6 months

Still two days left to complete the half-year mark on June 30, deaths on and off the trains in South Western Railways (SWR), Mysore division has already touched 73.

Till June 27, a total of 73 unnatural death report (UDR) cases were registered, 50 per cent more than the total number of UDRs reported in the year 2012.

Sources at Government Railway Police (GRP) station, Mysore, told Deccan Herald that in the previous year, a total of 125 such cases were reported. During the corresponding period, 57 cases had been recorded in 2012 and 63 in 2011. The station has a vast jurisdiction with Mysore as central point, connecting to Nanjangud in Mysore district, besides Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Hassan districts.

Of the deaths, majority of are run over (accidental) victims, followed by suicides and unnatural deaths on board.

An experienced investigator said that the department classifies accidents and suicides on the evidences gathered from the place of occurrence. If it’s a suicide, the individuals sleep in the middle of the track either vertical or horizontal. In the case of accidental deaths, the victims come in contact with the death, before being thrown to a distance. Subsequently, they will succumb to injuries.

The track between Mysore and Mandya junctions account for most deaths. The reason is the ‘broad gauge track’. Accidents occur at curves and bridges too, especially at those places where people’s movement is high. Unmanned level crossings too add to casualties.