Twenty-eight-year-old police constable Deepak Jadhav passed away on Wednesday morning after being hit by a stone while travelling in a local train earlier this week, the police said.
Jadhav, a resident of Shriji Apartment in sector 6, Kamothe, had also suffered two heart attacks while undergoing treatment. He passed away at 10.20am at MGM hospital in Vashi, the police said.
According to the police, Jadhav was attached with the Vashi railway police and had temporarily been posted at the assistant commissioner of police (railway) office in Mankhurd.
On Monday, around 7pm, Jadhav was returning home after finishing his shift. He was travelling in the first-class compartment of a local train headed to Panvel.
“Jadhav was standing near the door. The train was passing between Seawoods and Belapur stations when someone flung a stone, which hit him on the head,” said BD Bhujbal, senior inspector, railway police station, said.
“Jadhav lost consciousness. Other passengers rushed him to MGM hospital in Belapur. He was then take to Kamothe and then finally to MGM hospital in Vashi as it had better facilities. However, there was excessive bleeding due to the head injury,” said Bhujbal.
The doctors had to perform an angiography on Jadhav after he suffered a heart attack Monday night, the officer further said.
Police said they had registered a case of murder, but no arrests had been made so far.
However, the police are also investigating the possibility of Jadhav being attacked from within the compartment.
On Wednesday evening, Jadhav’s family took his body to Manchar in Pune to perform the last rites.
The sole earning member of the family, Jadhav is survived by his wife, mother, and two younger brothers. According to railway officials, Jadhav had tied the knot in May last year. Jadhav’s father was also a policeman and he got the job after his death.
Taking a serious note of the incident, Bhujbal said, “We carry out regular patrolling along the tracks and it will continue. But we will increase vigil to put an end to such stone-throwing incidents.”