Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Conversing with a German student of 20 years ... definitely in English ...curious to know German education system ... 'educated' Indian students...what is education? Shame! Our apology to Peterman. The other day Prime minister was talking about all-round development, national service ( Hope, we sincerely act in that direction and move fast.
German student drugged, looted on train

Howrah: A 20-year-old German student learnt of the perils of train travel in India the hard way on Tuesday. Miscreants, posing as Indian students, befriended him in a sleeper class compartment before drugging him and looting all his belongings. David Petermann, a physics student from Stuttgart, was on his way to Howrah from Varanasi by the 2334 Vibhuti Express when the incident occurred.
He is now admitted to Howrah General Hospital. He is out of danger.
Incidentally, the incident came to light on a day when the Railway Board convened a high-powered meeting to evolve new methods of ensuring better security of passengers in Delhi.
Police spoke to Petermann on Wednesday to find out the details. He told them that he had boarded a sleeper class compartment of the train from Varanasi on Tuesday evening. Soon after this, two co-passengers — who Petermann believes were around his age — started chatting with him.
“They said that they were students and wanted to know more about the education system in Germany,” said a senior police officer. “This got him interested and he dropped his guard. Later in the night, one of the miscreants pulled out a vacuum flask and offered tea to him. He suspected nothing as his two newfound friends also sipped the same drink. We believe that they also warned him against accepting food and drink from unknown people. This would have certainly cemented his belief in their good intentions.”
Petermann has no idea of what happened after that. On Wednesday afternoon, he was found unconscious in his berth at Howrah station by cleaning staff. GRP were alerted and he was shifted to the hospital, where he later regained consciousness. Among the things missing are his passport, expensive camera, cash, debit and credit cards and clothes.

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