CHENNAI: A 23-year-old woman travelling in a train committed suicide on Monday by jumping into the Kosasthalaiyar river while the train was crossing the Ennore Creek bridge. By the time the passengers had realised what had happened, she was already struggling in the water below. The woman was identified as S Durga Devi, 23, of Jothi Lingam Street in Tiruvallur district. Passengers later told police that when the EMU from Ponneri was crossing the Ennore Creek bridge at 2pm, the woman was standing near the door. Initially the passengers thought she was looking at the water, but she suddenly jumped out. When the train reached the next station, the passengers informed the railway officials and subsequently Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel rushed to the spot. Her body washed ashore at 6pm. She left her handbag behind in the train through which police established her identity. Police said the woman worked in a garment factory as a tailor for the past five years.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim was in love with a man from Gummidipoondi. “The woman wished to get married soon, but when the man postponed the wedding citing his financial condition, she decided to commit suicide,” said an investigating officer. Eyewitnesses told the cops that she was arguing with someone over the phone and was found sobbing before she took the extreme step. Police are also checking call records of the woman. She had jumped with the phone in her hand. Police sent the body for postmortem to Stanley Government Hospital. Further investigation is on.