Noorie, 35, wife of Habibullah Khan, 40, who was allegedly thrown out of a running train by four Government Railway Police (GRP) constables on August 18, alleged that the policemen tried to extort Rs. 2 lakh from her husband by threatening him that they will falsely implicate him if he did not pay up.
“On August 17, my husband had given Rs. 10,000 to the same policemen. He was scared and hoped that they would leave him alone. But they called him again on the morning of August 18 and asked him to meet them at the GTB Nagar railway station,” she said.
Noorie said Khan went to the station at 10am. “He called around 11.05am and told my brother that he was having an argument with the constables. One of the constables took the phone and told my brother to come the railway chowky and disconnected the call,” she said.
While Noorie and her brother looked for Khan throughout the day, they were informed about his accident only on August 19 at 2am.
“After my husband regained consciousness on Saturday, he told me that two policemen made him board a north-bound train at GTB Nagar station. At Kurla, they were joined by two more and they demanded Rs. 2 lakh ransom.
“When my husband said he could not pay them, the policemen started beating him up. He was then pushed off the train. He said he hit a pole and fell on the tracks and one of his legs was crushed under the same train,” she said.
Noorie, originally from Shirdi, and Khan, a native of Uttar Pradesh, live in Mahatma Gandhi Nagar area of Antop Hill with their five children – Saira, 14, Zeenat, 11, Altaf, 8, Rehan, 7, and Madina, 3.
“The policemen visited us at Sion hospital twice after we filed a complaint. They offered us money to drop the case. They even threatened us with dire consequences,” she said.
Babu Shaikh, Noorie’s uncle said, “Khan is the only breadwinner of the family. We are extremely scared for his family’s futures,” he said.
Sources in the Wadala GRP said on Sunday around 17 to 18 GRP constables were produced before Khan where he identified the four accused — RR Jedhe, 30, VP Thakur, 35, SS Patil, 42, and SM Manganor, 33.
They will be produced before a railway court on Monday.