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Kollam/Tenkasi: In a major update to the assault case against a Malayali railway gatekeeper in Tenkasi, the police are of the assumption that the accused is a painting labourer. The incident pertaining to the case took place on Thursday around 8 pm at Pavoorchatram railway gate.
The police have reportedly recovered a pair of chappals stained with paint, suspected to be belonging to the accused, from the spot. Around 17 painting labourers were interrogated by the police on Friday.
The gatekeeper, a native of Kollam, was brutally assaulted by the accused, who dragged her through the railway track and attempted to sexually abuse her. However, as the woman screamed for help, the accused fled the place.
Following which, the woman who was acutely injured in the attack was rushed to a hospital in Tirunelveli by the locals. Meanwhile, the victim’s parents alleged that the area lacked proper security.
“The assailant was shirtless and wore khaki pants. He spoke Tamil and tried to trespass into the guard room. My daughter is still in fear,” said the woman’s parents.
“The woman was taken to the hospital after police arrived at the spot. The locals rushed to the area on hearing her screams. The accused managed to escape by the time,” said a security employee in a private company.
“Similar incidents have not occurred in the area before,” he added.
According to reports, the accused arrived near the railway gate when the woman was on a phone call. He thrashed her face with a stone and attempted to rape her.