An argument over the presence of a man in the women’s compartment of Gorakhpur Express led to a 22-year-old engineering student being pushed out of the moving train between Thakurli and Kalyan railway station on Thursday. The student is in critical condition at a Kalyan hospital after suffering serious injuries to her head and other parts of her body.
The accused was arrested and produced in court where he has been remanded in police custody.
The accused, Dinesh Yadav, 30, who works for a private mobile company, was on his way back to his residence in Thane from Bihar.
The victim, Rekha Navle, was also travelling on the same train with her mother Sarita, 45, after a trip to Nashik.
The police said around 7.30pm on Thursday, when the train reached Kalyan station, Yadav, who was travelling in the men’s compartment, decided to enter the women’s compartment. Rekha objected to his and an argument allegedly ensued between the two. Datta Pable, senior police inspector from Dombivli government railway police (GRP) said, “After the argument, Yadav stood near the toilet in the same compartment. Rekha wanted to use the facility and asked Yadav to move aside because he was blocking the door. Yadav, who was angry to begin with, held both her hands, dragged her to the door and allegedly began pushing her out of the train. Rekha eventually lost her balance and fell on the tracks along with her mobile phone.”
When the train reached the next station, Thane, Rekha’s mother Sarita along with other women in the compartment got down and called the police. Yadav was caught and eventually handed over to the Dombivli government railway police.
The police said Rekha, who was lying unattended on the tracks, was rescued by Dombivli resident Amit Mahamunkar, who was heading home with his wife on his bike. He rushed her to Fortis hospital in Kalyan in an autorickshaw.
“Amit then called up Sarita from Rekha’s mobile phone and informed her of their whereabouts. The accused has been booked under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.”