Days after abduction, first woman jawan found hanging in hospital

BShanti Tigga was found tied to a pillar in the outskirts of Chalsa on May 10. Express

THE Territorial Army's first woman jawan, 35-year-old Sapper Shanti Tigga, was found hanging in a hospital cabin today — four days after she was allegedly kidnapped and left tied to a pillar by the railway tracks.

She was kidnapped on May 9 after duty and rescued the next day by a train driver. She was admitted to Alipur Duar Railway Division Hospital on May 11.

Police had reportedly found her story of abduction inconsistent and called her for interrogation several times, Today, at 4.30 pm, when her son came to pay her a visit, he found the door of the hospital cabin locked from inside. When she did not answer his knocks, the door was broken open in the presence of police and railway officials. Tigga was found hanging with a towel tied around her throat.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Alipurduar, Akash Meghoria said, "Tigga was rushed to a doctor who declared her dead."

Her body has been sent for the post-mortem examination.

A family member said she was under a lot of stress because she was called for interrogation several times by the Additional SP of Jalpaiguri. "She just couldn't take the toll after being abducted and beaten up," the family member alleged.

Sources in the police said they were looking into the matter and how the compensation can be paid. "One of the sons would get a job with the police," said an official.

Tigga had joined the Railways in 2005 on compassionate ground after her husband died. The mother of two had joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army in 2011, beating her male counterparts in physical tests.

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