A woman travelling on the footboard of a Virar-bound fast local had a lucky escape after she was hit by a thief between Matunga and Mahim stations on Monday night. But the thief wasn’t that lucky, as he was spotted by a couple of locals who caught and raised an alarm. Taufiq Ansari, 19, was thrashed by the crowd who gathered after the duo sought help before handing him over to the Government Railway Police (GRP).
Officials from Mumbai Central GRP said that the incident occurred at 10.05pm when the Virar bound was speeding between Matunga and Mahim stations. Pranali Kamble, 21, was returning home in Dahisar after work and was standing on the footboard while attending a phone call. Ansari, who had latched onto one of the poles near to the tracks hit Kamble hand when the coach came near to him. While Kamble somehow managed to prevent herself from slipping off the footboard, the cellphone fell off from her hands.
While Ansari was about to leave with the phone, two locals nabbed him and he was later thrashed by the crowd which gathered later. A resident of Behrampada slums in Bandra, Ansari has at least four robbery cases registered against him and had been sentenced for it in the past. The GRP is investigation to unearth Ansari’s involvement in similar cases.
Confirming the incident, DP Pawar, senior inspector from Mumbai Central GRP, said, “We have secured his one-day custody and will seek him further custody from the railway court for further investigation.”
Ansari has been booked for attempt to culpable homicide under section 308 of the Indian Penal Code.
In order to get considerable custody of accused involved in the crimes in railways, who are mostly habitual criminals, the GRP had started putting up past records of these accused persons before the railway court. The railway police however still struggle to get custody of accused for more than two days and hence it affects the investigation in these cases and fails to act as a deterrent.
August 2015: A 40-year-old woman fell off a moving train near Mithi river in Bandra after a man, perched on a nearby pole, snatched her bag and gold chain. The victim, Nasrin Khan, was rushed to Bhabha Hospital in a critical condition, after commuters informed the GRP. Khan works at an imitation jewellery unit and had taken a fast train from Andheri. She alighted at Bandra and took a slow train for Mahim. The incident occurred at 9.15am while she was travelling on the footboard.
September 2013: A 35-year-old woman, attacked by an unidentified robber near Airoli station, fell of the Thane-bound train and was left brain dead. The incident took place around a kilometer away from Rabale station. In their statement, victim Aarti Golapkar’s colleagues told police that after boarding the train at 7.28pm, Golapkar stated that she wanted to stand near the door to get some breeze, when they objected to it and asked her to remain seated. She probably wanted to get ahead of the rush to catch a Dombivli-bound train before the foot over bridge got crowded.
# Thefts and robberies accounts to about 80% crimes in the railway police’s jurisdiction
# As many as 3,285 theft cases were registered in 2015 with property worth at least Rs 12-crore being stolen.
# Number of robberies registered were 531 in 2015 in which valuables worth around Rs 1-crore were stolen
# All the 17 railway police stations have started maintaining a ‘Top 10’ list of the habitual offenders to keep a tab on their activities, since most of these crimes are done by history-sheeters
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# Railway Protection Force (RPF): 1275 (CR) or 1311 (WR)
# National Helpline: 182
# Mumbai Police control room: 100
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