A 35-year-old man hailing from Varanasi succumbed to his injuries after he jumped on the tracks of the Chandni Chowk Metro station a little after 7am. Since the incident occurred before the rush hour, the station was empty and no one could raise an alarm. He could be rescued only after the CISF personnel noticed him after the driver had raised an alarm.
Guards at the station, though, maintained that there were two attempts by the deceased Vinod Kumar to commit suicide.
“He was on platform 2 (going towards Jahangirpuri) when he started loitering on the platform and then moved to the tracks. We sensed something amiss and stopped him and took him to a corner. Soon, however, there was an argument between two passengers on platform 1. When we went to attend to the problem, he jumped and came under the train,” said a guard at the station who did not want to be named.
Bhairo Singh Gujjar, DCP, Crime and Railways, said, “Though the emergency brakes were applied and train was brought to a halt, he suffered severe injuries on his arm as these parts must have banged against the concrete material used at the track corners. He was rushed to the Lok Nayak Hospital in a critical state, where the hospital authorities declared him brought dead.”
Police could identify Kumar through his voter identity card. A senior police officer said, “No suicide note was found with him. According to the address mentioned on the card, he was a resident of Ashok Vihar, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.”
A DMRC spokesperson said, “The incident affected train services on the Yellow Line for about 15 minutes. Service resumed after the track was cleared.”