Chotu Mandal, the 19-year-old unemployed man who flung a four-year-old girl out of a train on Tuesday following an argument with her father over a seat, will undergo tests to understand his psychology.
The Kurla Government Railway Police want to determine Mandal’s psychological profile to find out what drove him to throwing Sadhana Jamdade out of the train.
An angry Mandal flung the girl out of the Mumbai-Bhusawal express after her father, Sameer Jamdade, refused to give him a seat. The Jamdades, residents of Kalyan, were returning home after visiting Chaityabhoomi at Shivaji Park for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s death anniversary.
Sadhana, who fell between two tracks, suffered head injuries and multiple fractures.
The police said Mandal is a confused personality has been giving different versions of the incident. When he was caught, he told the police his name was Chotu Sharma. He later said his real name was Chotu Mandal. He first said he was on his way to Uttar Pradesh and then changed his destination to Goa, police sources said.
The police have not arrested Mandal because he is still at JJ Hospital where he recovering from injuries he sustained when other passengers on the train thrashed him after he threw Sadhana out.
Mandal had come to the city around six months ago and was staying with his maternal uncle in Kandivli. Mandal’s uncle has told the police that the boy's behaviour was erratic and he was often violent.
Although the police are yet to record Mandal’s statement in detail, he has told them he did not intend to throw the girl out of the train. “He said he had gone to the door along with the girl to get some breeze when he lost his balance and he the girl fell of the running train,” senior inspector Dilip Gore said.
The police are not accepting this version because it was very cold at the time of the incident and it is unlikely that Jamdade would have let him take Sadhana along after they had had a tiff, the police said.
Sandhana is recuperating at Sion Hospital.
Since Jamdade, a labourer, does not earn enough to bear the medical expenses, the Kurla GRP are funding Sadhana treatment. “We will be calling Mandal’s uncle for questioning and we have also informed his family who stays in UP,” added Gore.