A 50-year-old security guard died after he fell from a train at the Andheri railway station on Wednesday morning.
According to the Government Railway Police, Jai Narayan Pathak, an employee with a private company in Andheri (West), boarded the Virar-bound train from platform number 4 at Andheri station around 8.10 am.
“Pathak held the steel rod and boarded a new rake. When the train pulled out of the platform, Pathak’s hand slipped,” said senior inspector N.H. Sheikh.
The victim reportedly slipped into the gap between the train and the platform as the train went over him.
The train stopped a few metres ahead and the guard alerted the stationmaster.
One hand and a leg of the victim were severed and he lost a lot of blood.
“Pathak was returning home. He was rushed to Cooper Hospital but died after admission,” said Kailash Verma, a member of the Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.
Pathak who came from Uttar Pradesh, was living in Virar. “He is survived by two children, aged 12 and 8 years, who stay in their native village. His wife does tailoring work and has not been informed about the incident,” added Verma.
Verma alleged the gap between the platform and the compartment was too much and the steel rods are slippery.
Chief Public Relations Officer of the Western Railways S.S. Gupta said: “We have not received any complaints about the rods. The new rakes were introduced two years ago and around 60 per cent rakes in the suburban section are new.”
“The commuters should board or get off the train after it has halted. We are working towards raising the height of the platforms in a year,” added Gupta.
The police have registered a case of accidental death.