Labourer beaten to death in local train in Mah

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Mumbai, Oct 29 (UNI) In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old labourer from Uttar Pradesh, Dharamdev Rai was killed after being punched in the stomach by a group of Marathi-speaking men on board a Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus bound local train at Khopali station on the central Railway.

The labourer, a resident of Gorakhpur in UP, along with three fellow workers--all employees of a factory in Khopali--had boarded the local train for Kurla station, from where they were scheduled to depart for their native place in the Kushinagar Express from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus yesterday.

According to his colleagues, the group of Marathi-speaking people beat up all of them and eventually got down at Karjat station. One of the deceased's colleague rang up the Railway Protection Force personnel, who boarded the train at Badlapur and rushed Rai to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

A post mortem report has revealed that the labourer died of a punctured liver, police said today.

Meanwhile, the Railway police has registered a case of rioting and murder against a dozen unknown people at the Karjat police station.

The Maharashtra government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

The other labourers, Vijendra Ramkripa Rai (35), Satyaprakash Kaushal Rai and Shiv Kumar Verma (both 25) sustained minor injuries.

Railway police chief K P Raghuvanshi told UNI that bandobast on locals as well as long distance trains had been increased.

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