Dutch tourist dies after falling off train


A Dutch tourist died Tuesday after sustaining head injuries while jumping off a moving train in India’s western state of Rajasthan.

Police said that the victim has been identified as 54-year-old Erik Johannes from the Netherlands, who was on his way to see the iconic Taj Mahal in the tourist town of Agra in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, along with a British friend.

“The incident took place this morning at the main railway station in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district when Johannes and his friend boarded a wrong train that was headed to the Indian capital instead of Agra on the opposite direction,” local police official Giga Ram said.

“Both realized their mistake when the train started moving and jumped off. They fell down on the platform. While Johannes died on the spot after sustaining fatal head injuries, his friend escaped unhurt. He was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead,” he added.

A case has been registered in the incident and the Netherlands Embassy in Delhi has also been informed about the death, another official said. “We have kept the body in a local mortuary for his family members to arrive in this country,” he added.

Rajasthan is frequented by foreign tourists particularly during the winter because of a number of historical palaces across the state, while Agra is well known for Taj Mahal monument.

Agency Report