On IAS, Student Faces Blurring Of Vision After Train Attack
old Deenbandhu Diwakar, a gold medalist from Patna University, had come to the
Capital hoping to achieve his lifelong dream Ã¢â‚¬â€ that of joining the elite
Indian civil services. Instead, Tuesday found him battling for his eyesight at
the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Diwakar, a B.Ed student of
Delhi University, had gone on an educational trip to Bhopal. While returning on
Monday, he and his 63 friends were attacked by a mob consisting of daily
passengers on the Kosi-Palwal rail route.
The S-9 reserved coach they
were travelling in while returning to Delhi was decoupled from the rest of the
train and surrounded by a mob of more than 60 miscreants who smashed
windowpanes, pelted the students with stones and threw flaming missiles dipped
in kerosene in a bid to set it afire. This was reported by TOI on Tuesday.
When Diwakar tried to throw
back one of the flaming fireballs thrown inside the coach through the broken
emergency window, the young postgraduate, hailing from Sasaram in Bihar, was hit
on his right eye by a stone thrown by someone in the mob.
"He strongly believed
in women's dignity and could not resist protesting when the five local
passengers started passing lewd comments on his fellow girl students," said
Muktesh Manohar, the elder brother of Diwakar who is studying LLB at Benaras
Meanwhile, doctors at AIIMS
stated that Diwakar's eyesight continues to be critical. "He was shifted
from the Trauma Centre on Monday afternoon. He was operated under the guidance
of Dr Anand Aggarwal around 2 am in the morning. His eyesight continues to be
critical," said a doctor at the hospital.
"The doctors told me
that his eyeball was rectified by the first operation. But he will need to
undergo a couple of more operations to set his retina right," said Manohar.
Diwakar's parents had left
from their home in Nokha near Sasaram. They are expected to reach Delhi on
Wednesday. Diwakar's father is a high school teacher and has two daughters.
"We are planning to refer him to Shankar Netralaya in Chennai. But we will
go by the advice of the doctors here," added Manohar.
Diwakar, who had come to
Delhi eleven months ago was staying at Permanand Colony in Mukherjee Nagar.
"He chose that place since he thought that the place was ideal to prepare
for civil services," said his friends.
Initially, Diwakar was
reluctant to let the news of his injury trickle down to family members. It was
only after he was informed about his impeding surgery that he panicked and
decided to call his parents back home. "His youngest sister's wedding is
coming up next month and the family was busy preparing for the occasion. He did
not want to increase its anxiety," added his brother.
DUSU president, Amrita,
meanwhile, has decided to meet Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and request
her government to bear the cost of treatment incurred by Diwakar.
step up drive to nab culprits:
NEW DELHI: The railways
said that they had contacted the local police and are in constant touch with the
RPF in trying to identify and book the miscreants. "We have sent the RPF
men on duty on the 2155 Bhopal Express to Solaka and work with the local police
in tandem to try and identify the locals involved in the incident. We have also
launched a special drive in this section to try and round up the trouble
makers," said B Pandey, CPRO, North Central Railway.
Northern Railway officials
said that the Delhi-Mathura-Palwal route was being closely monitored to book the
eveteasers and male passengers travelling in the ladies coaches. "The
problem is much more severe in this route than the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Kanpur route.
With the law being slack, most get away by paying a token fine. Only those who
are unable to pay the fine are jailed under the Railway Act," said a senior
Compare this Ã¢â‚¬â€ while the
total number of prosecutions by the RPF women squad from October to February in
both Palwal and Ghaziabad routes were 3738, those prosecuted by Virangana Squad
alone in the Palwal route in the same period was 2658. "We receive regular
complaints from women passengers about misbehaviour and harassment on this
route. We are planning to carry out the checks everyday from now on. Our checks
will cover express and mail trains too," the official added.
Courtesy : timesofindia.indiatimes.com