Lucknow: It was not three minor sisters, as believed, but four as well as their mother who were pushed off a moving train in Uttar Pradesh, police found on Wednesday as the death toll in the case rose to two.
Police suspect all five were pushed off Amritsar-Saharsa Express at different locations within 50km in less than an hour. The family is from Bihar’s Motihari and the children’s uncle, father and another person are the suspects, police said.
Police found the body of the mother, Afreena Khatoon, 36, on the tracks at Maigalganj on Wednesday afternoon and believe she was the first to be pushed out. On Tuesday, her seven-year-old daughter Muniya’s body was found on the tracks between Maanpur and Ramkot.
Police also found a 12-year-old girl, Rabina Khatoon, near the tracks at Mehmoodabad on Tuesday and established a day later that she is the eldest daughter of the family. The other two sisters who survived the fall are Samina, 4, and Algun Khatoon, 9. The surviving sisters are admitted to hospital.
The family was in a general coach of the train and on their way to Motihari from Amritsar, according to the police. A railway police team from Sitapur is expected to reach Motihari late on Wednesday to locate the family’s address and relatives to try and find the motive for the crime.
Algun, who suffered multiple fractures in her hand and hip joint, is the only sister talking to investigators at the moment. “Algun Khatoon is not mature enough to provide information about the incident. Initially, she blamed her father and later said her maternal uncle threw them out of the moving train,” said Singh.