MUMBAI: While the railway police are grappling with chronic incidents of stone pelting on running trains, a police officer attached with the Dharavi police station was hit by a stone during the morning peak hours near Kurla station on Monday.
The police sub inspector was on his way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to session’s court when the incident took place between Vidyavihar and Kurla stations around 11.10am.
The officer boarded the CSTbound fast train from Ghatkopar station and since the compartment was crowded, he was on the footboard of the train, when he sensed some flying object approaching him.
“I was lucky as I raised my hand to my forehead after sensing something approaching me. The stone pierced my hand and I started bleeding profusely. If it would have hit my head, I would have probably lost balance and f allen from the train,” Sameer Dhore told Hindustan Times.
Soon after the incident, Dhore rushed to the emergency medical room (EMR) at Dadar station’s platform number 6 and got first aide. He was then referred to a hospital for stitches at the EMR.
The K ur la Government Railway Police ( GRP) has taken Dhore’s preliminary statement.
“The stretch has become vulnerable as several shanties have mushroomed around the tracks there. The Kurla GRP has been asked to increase patrolling on the stretch and also to find the culprits,” said Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, GRP (CR).
Among the suburban section, the Central Railway’s main and harbour lines are prone to stone pelting incidents, with the numbers increasing in the past couple of years.
At least five such incidents are reported every month, with many of them taking place on the harbour line.
Officials, however, said most of the incidents are not reported as the complainants don’t turn up if they sustain minor injuries.