A Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on Monday morning shot dead four people, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, on-board a train running between Mumbai and Jaipur.
The Jaipur-Mumbai Central Express departed from Jaipur station in Rajasthan at 2.01 pm on Sunday and reached Surat station, where the escort party boarded the train, at 2.47 am on Monday.
The incident occurred at around 5 am near Palghar railway station in Maharashtra, an official said.
The accused was later arrested as he attempted to run from the scene of the crime. He was caught by police at Mira Road with the help of Government Railway Police and RPF officials.
‘Four casualties, including the ASI, have been reported in the firing incident inside the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Superfast Express (12956). The accused has been arrested. DCP North GRP has been informed,’ the Railway Protection Force has said.
The accused also went on to kill three other passengers on the train, as he fired 12 rounds.
According to railway officials, four RPF personnel, including the accused, were escorting the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Express from Surat station in Gujarat on Monday.
Tikaram Meena was a resident of Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur, and Chetan Singh is from Hathras in Uttar Pradesh. Two other RPF jawans were accompanying them, and the police is recording their statements, they said.
Addressing the media, Inspector General of RPF (Western Railway) Praveen Sinha said, ‘He had a short fuse, he was quite hot-headed. There was no altercation. He just lost his temper and shot his senior, then fired at whoever he saw.’
Western Railway’s (WR) chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur told news agency PTI that the accused constable was attached to the Lower Parel RPF post, while ASI Tikaram Meena was attached to the Dadar RPF post.
Western Railways said compensations have been announced for the family of ASI Tikaram Meena, who is survived by a wife and two children.
Mr Meena was due to retire in 2025.
The Western Railways has said they are conducting a high-level enquiry.
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