Arrest made after Indian immigrant killed defending woman on Paris métro
Paris police have arrested a man in connection with the death of an Indian-origin man who intervened to stop him harassing a young woman on the metro. The victim, 33-year-old Rajinder Singh, has been hailed as have-a-go hero in the French media.
The 22-year-old suspect was picked up in a bar in the Pigalle red-light district on Tuesday.
Police say that they recognised him because of CCTV footage.
Singh was electrocuted last Thursday when he fell on the rails after an altercation arising from his attempt to stop the man harassing a young woman in a metro train in which all three were travelling.
They all got off at Crimée station and during an argument Singh fell and was electrocuted.
Police say that they do not know if the suspect pushed the man and the young woman, whose testimony they describe as vital, has not come forward.
Singh, who was known to his family as Babu, was born to a poor family in Punjab in 1978 and came to France seven years ago.
He found work delivering pizzas and sent money home to his family every month.
Last year he moved in with Vimla, a Maurician woman whom he met four years ago, whose family describe him as “goodness incarnate”.
His family want to repatriate his body for burial but are struggling to rasie the 5,000 euros necessary.