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TUBE LAD DRAGGED TO DEATH BY COAT JAMMED IN DOOR; Probe after tragedy of foster boy Ajit, 9.

Schoolboy Ajit Singh For the founder and chief of the political party Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh, India, see Chaudhary Ajit Singh.

Ajit Singh was the Maharaja of Marwar Jodhpur Rajasthan and the son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
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 got stuck in the doors, it was revealed yesterday.

Ajit's foster dad struggled in vain to prise open the doors as the train pulled out of a station.

Angry rail union chiefs said the disaster would never have happened if guards had not been scrapped from parts of the Underground.

Little Ajit, nine, was pulled along the platform as commuters watched in horror. A family friend said: "What amazed his foster dad more than anything is that while he was struggling with the doors, nobody pulled the communication cord communication cord

Brit a chain in a train which may be pulled by a passenger to stop the train in an emergency

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"He was screaming `help me' but no-one came to his aid. The train stopped but by then it was too late.

"The foster family are inconsolable. They will never get over it."

Ajit was caught when the Piccadilly line The Piccadilly Line is a line of the London Underground, coloured blue on the Tube map. It is the third busiest line on the Underground. It is mainly a deep-level line running from the north to the west of London via Zone 1, with significant surface running sections in its outer  train moved out of Holborn station in central London The term Central London refers to the districts of London which are considered closest to the centre. There is no such conventional definition, nor any official one, for the entire area that can be called "central London". .

He started running as he desperately tried to free himself from the door. But after being dragged 75 yards Ajit was hurled into a barrier and then fell under the wheels. The lad, from Tottenham, died instantly.

Witness Tina Powell, 24, said Ajit's body was wrapped in a red blanket before being removed.

Secretary Tina, from Southgate, said: "It was a tragic sight - how small he looked. It was just so sad."

Trains will normally not move if there is any obstruction between the automatic doors. But the thin toggle string was too small to trigger the mechanism.

Ajit's foster father - who has not been named - was treated for shock. He has been too distraught to talk to police. The youngster's natural parents have been informed.

Commuters who saw the tragedy have been offered counselling.

Yesterday, as a major inquiry was launched, union chiefs blasted London Underground The London Underground is an underground railway system - also known as a rapid transit system - that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighbouring areas. It is the world's oldest underground system, and is one of the longest in terms of route length.  for putting lives at risk to save money. Just 24 hours before Ajit's death RMT RMT right mentotransverse (position of the fetus).
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 rail union officials had met Underground bosses to urge them to reinstate guards on all services.

In a bid to save pounds 50million staff have been replaced with closed circuit TV screens on platforms. Only the Northern line has guards - but these too will soon go.

A union spokesman said: "This should never have happened. It is the sort of accident guards and platform staff would be able to prevent."

RMT boss Jimmy Knapp Jimmy Knapp (born 1940, died 13 August 2001) was a prominent British trade unionist and, successively, General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.  added: "This emphasises the need for guards to be reintroduced on all services as a matter of urgency."

London Underground last night refused to comment.
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Author:Shaw, Adrian; Pilditch, David
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 1997
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