Three Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel allegedly beat up passengers of the Madgaon-bound Konkan Kanya Express at Thane railway station on Saturday midnight.
The incident took place after the train arrived on platform number 7 around 11.55 pm on Saturday.
“Some passengers from the general compartment had got into the reserved one. The
general compartment is usually crowded and when the
passengers entered the reserved bogie, the ones with reservation obviously objected to it. The RPF personnel tried to evict the unreserved passengers,” said Rajendra Kathawate, senior inspector, Government Railway Police (GRP), Thane.
“A scuffle ensued and a seven-year-old girl named Tina Dodhamani was injured,” added Kathawate.
The passengers alleged that the RPF personnel were in an inebriated state. The police, however, denied that the personnel were drunk.
Goregaon resident Geeta Kine (32) had boarded the train form Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus with her husband Anil and two sons, Sagar (15) and Vaibhav (12). They were on their way to Sangameshwar for a family function.
“Since the general compartment was jam-packed, we got into a reserved bogie. At Thane station, four RPF personnel came into the bogie. Three of them were drunk and they started beating us up and shoving us out of the compartment,” said Kine.
“We were carrying tickets. They could have told us to get down and pay the fine. Why beat us up? There were women and children, who were roughed up as well. They even beat up a little girl, injuring her eye,” she added.
Kine added that the RPF men left the station by the same train. By 12.30 am, a mob of over 150 people had gathered on the platform.
“We also called in help from the Thane city police to control the mob, which was present at the station till a complaint was registered. We have asked for the names of the personnel from the headquarters. A complaint has been registered against the trio for causing hurt and wrongful restraint,” said Kathawate.
Suresh Dodhamani (35), the father of Tina who was allegedly beaten up by the personnel, lodged a complaint with the GRP.
RPF’s Senior Inspector Ajay Yadav said the three personnel didn’t belong to the Thane RPF.