The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may probe the death of Rahul Singh, a 22-year-old engineer off a moving train on 24 August 2017. Singh's family has alleged that he was thrown off the moving train while trying to record constables from Railway Police Force (RPF) checking tickets and extorting money from passengers and vendors.
According to our information, some serious issues have emerged from the initial inquiry of Rahul Singh's death. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is looking at a possibility to handover investigation of this case to CBI and is in touch with the Home Ministry. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Home, has taken a personal interest in this and may ask the investigating agency to probe death of Rahul Singh, our sources say.
In addition, RPF personnel across the country have been strictly warned that they have no authority to check tickets from passengers and wear uniform while on duty. Only Ticket Checkers (TCs) or Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) can check tickers from passengers at railway station and in trains.
One Gaurav Chauhan has started an online petition (https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-narendra-modi-stand-against-brutal-killing-of-rahul-singh-by-railway-officials ) against what he claims as 'brutal killing of Rahul Singh by railway officials'. "Rahul Singh was returning home by Chambal Express in S2 coach on birth no 36 on 24 August 2017. At Jhansi railway station TT TS Sharma, RPF's senior inspector Sudhir Kumar Pandey, and Constable Rajkumari Gurjar boarded the train with other railway policepersons and started extorting money from passengers. Rahul, for the sake of proof, started video recording of this, which irked these officials," the petition says.
Kuldeep Sharma, a lawyer practising in Allahabad High Court, who was also travelling the same bogie tried to intervene in the matter. However he too was threatened by the Railway officials, the petition says. Adv Sharma was not allowed to register a first information report (FIR) at the Mahoba station. He then tweeted the incident to the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who intervened in the matter and Adv Sharma then filed an FIR at Allahabad Railway Station.
Based on information shared by other passengers from the train, Rahul Singh's family also filed an FIR at Mahoba. In the FIR, the Singh family alleged that Rahul was pushed out of the moving train by RPF, when he tried to film how they were extorting money from passengers and vendors. His family has also alleged that his belongings, the mobile phone, a gold bracelet, chain and baggage are missing. The Government Railway Police (GRP), however, recovered Rs4,700 from his pocket.