India: Student Kidnapped, Killed After Train Robbery

India, July 17 -- The body of a student from Assam, who complained to the Bihar Police about being robbed on a train, has been found under a pedestrian bridge at a railway station in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, about 250 kilometres east of Patna. His throat had been slit.

On July 9, 25-year-old Pritam Bhattacharjee, hailing from Silchar, was travelling by train to Delhi for an exam from Guwahati.

When the train was passing through Naugachia in Bhagalpur in eastern Bihar, the student was attacked by thieves in his compartment. They ran away with his digital camera and his certificates. His family claims that he got down at the Naugachia station, nearly 14 hours later, and informed the local police station and the Railway Police about his attack. At the station, he reportedly had a cup of tea and was on his mobile phone. 2-3 hours later, when his family tried to reach him, his cellphone was switched off. Worried, they asked the Bihar Police and the state government to help trace him. They reached Naugachia the next day and also filed a First Information Report (FIR). By now, Pritam was meant to have reached Delhi. He remained missing for six days. His angry family says nobody did anything to help.

The local police believes that the student was kidnapped from Naugachia itself and kept on sedatives. They say he may have died of an overdose and the kidnappers then abandoned his body. Sources say the police believe the student died 12 hours before his body was found on Sunday.

The police says no ransom calls were made. The kidnappers have not been arrested or identified yet.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he has asked authorities to investigate the incident. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Afternoon Voice. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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