JABALPUR, Madhya Pradesh, India, A labourer has been arrested for allegedly raping a 30-year-old woman in a moving train in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district, police said today.

The woman, a ragpicker, boarded the empty general compartment of the Vindhyachal Express from the Madan Mahal station in Jabalpur city on Monday evening.

After the train left the station at around 8.40 pm, the victim fell asleep, following which the accused allegedly raped her, said Y Mishra, station in-charge, Government Railway Police (GRP), Jabalpur.

A railway police officer, who was on duty in the train, rescued the woman and caught Umesh Valmiki (32), a labourer.

The victim alighted at a station in Katni district and registered a complaint at the GRP police station there, Mishra said.

A case has been registered under various sections and a probe is on, he added.