The French embassy in Delhi declined to comment
A FRENCHMAN died on Thursday (May 3) four days after being beaten up on an Indian train for allegedly harassing a pregnant woman, police said.
Eyewitnesses told officers that the 33-year-old man appeared to be in a drug-induced haze when the row erupted on the train travelling from New Delhi to Amritsar.
The man was attacked by male family members of the pregnant woman, according to accounts given to police.
“A French citizen who was found bleeding and unconscious on the platform at Karnal train station on Sunday (April 29) died today (May 3) in hospital,” Ved Pal, assistant sub-inspector of Karnal police in Haryanam, told reporters.
“Eyewitnesses said the man began harassing a pregnant woman in the carriage. Her male family members got into a violent scuffle with him,” Pal said.
The man was taken to a hospital in Chandigarh, 240km north of Delhi, but never regained consciousness and died on Thursday.
Police said an investigation had been launched and that the train’s ticket collector had been arrested for failing to inform the authorities about the incident.
“We have taken a blood sample from the victim to verify whether he was indeed on drugs,” Pal added.
The French embassy in Delhi declined to comment.
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