The incident triggered tension among several passengers, who were standing on the platform to board the train. Railway Protection Force personnel soon evacuated the place and started a rescue operation.
When the train stopped they found that the body was crushed under the wheels and there was hardly any possibility of rescuing the victim alive.Police said that the woman, who was identitified as Neelu Verma, committed suicide by throwing herself before a Dum Dum-bound rake.
When the train was entering Esplanade station, the victim jumped onto the track and was run over. The driver applied emergency brakes and managed to stop the train, but three compartments had already passed over the body.
Personnel of the Railway Protection Force and other senior Metro officials rushed to the spot and recovered the body and sent it for the post-mortem.The Metro services between Maidan and Central remained suspended for nearly one-and-half hours, though a truncated service was available between Maidan and Kavi Subhash in the Up line and Central and Dum Dum in the Down.
Around 2 pm, Verma, who was standing at the Esplanade station jumped before the moving train before anybody could understand what happened.The passengers who were waiting at the platform
to board the train told the police that the woman was standing on the platform for a while but nobody could have guessed that she would attempt suicide.
Normalcy was restored in the Metro services at around 3.30 pm on Saturday after the track was cleared. Police have started a probe into the death of the woman.