MYSURU: A 48-year-old man committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in the city on Sunday, and two more trains passed over his body before it was shifted by the Government Railway Police(GRP).
With GRP and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) playing the book and not willing to step on each other’s turf, the body remained between the rails for more than two hours. The family of Ranganna, a father of three and alleged alcoholic, made many requests to remove his body from the tracks, but to no avail. Out of job for some time, Ranganna, from Medar Block, jumped in front the Malgudi Express near Old Ideal Jawa Gate in Yadavgiri at 8.30am.
After alerted by the train’s loco pilot, the RPF reached the spot in minutes. They secured the area and informed the GRP as the latter has the mandate to conduct probes into such incidents. The victim’s relatives requested the cops to shift the body , pointing out that the Bengaluru-Mysuru Passenger train had already passed over it.
To their shock, the GRP and railway authorities stood on the adjacent track and allowed the Bengaluru-bound Tipu Express to pass over the body. The GRP cops told relatives and onlookers that the train “wouldn’t disturb the body”. This left people at the spot horrified. Ranganna’s relative Seethananda told TOI: “It’s inhuman. Due to the authorities’ delay in shifting the body for postmortem, two trains ran over him.”