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Sportsman dies of thirst in a train in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: A sportsman died in Uttar Pradesh while travelling in a train as he was thirsty and water was not available in his coach, an official said on Monday.

The incident took place on Sunday in the Jammu-Tatanagar Muri Express in coach S-7 where sportsman Mohammad Azharuddin died of thirst. The tragedy took place between Allahabad and Mirzapur railway stations, said a railway official.

The deceased was a powerlifter and was returning after participating in a sports competition in Ambala city, where he won a silver medal. His body was taken over by the railway police and sent for post-mortem, the official said.

Co-passengers of the sportsman bashed up the Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) after the incident. Passengers alleged that there was no water in the coach since Sunday morning and despite their requests at several stations on way, the storage tank remain unfilled.

A group of passengers also protested against the incident at Mirzapur station and argued with troopers of the Railway Police Force.

Passengers said the tank was not even filled in Allahabad station and no staff came to check it despite several requests.

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