“I felt ashamed for what I had done after a child handed over a rose to me,” said Ankush Bhandari (23), a constable from the Motor Transport Department of Mumbai police at Nagpada.
School students were on the anti-trespassing drive at Byculla railway station on Thursday. One of the students told Bhandari: “Uncle track cross mat kijiye, aapke gharwale aapka intezar karte hain. (Uncle please do not cross the tracks, your family waits for you)”
Bhandari, along with 50 others, was rounded up by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Central Railway while crossing the tracks.
During the drive, the RPF apprehended three police personnel — police constable Santosh Naikwade (29) of Local Arms Unit II, retired assistant sub-inspector A.D. Pathan of Government Railway Police, including Bhandari for trespassing.
Eleven special children, studying at City Academy for Special Education (a special school for children with learning disability) gave roses to the 51 trespassers (45 men and six women) and counselled them.
“We told them the tracks are meant for the trains while the foot over-bridge has been provided for our use,” said Adeeba Patel (12), a student.
“I have been suffering from back problem so it is difficult to climb the foot overbridge. I will not cross the tracks in future,” said Naikwade.