For more than a fortnight, Rajesh Kumar Singh, 19, evaded arrest in connection with the murder of Daksha Gugal, who had fallen off a moving train when he tried to steal her mobile phone last month.
But his luck ran out on Friday, when the government railway police (GRP) team arrested him from Indira Nagar slums in Kalwa.
After visiting her relatives in Chinchpokli, on January 23, Gugal was headed to her Kurla home by train.
As the train was nearing Kurla station, Gugal stood near the door because she wanted to make a call from her mobile phone but was not getting the network.
Just then Singh, who was perched atop a railway pole hit her with a rope tied to a stick to knock down her belongings
Shocked, Gugal dropped her mobile phone, but also lost balance and fell off the moving train.
Her left arm had to be amputated and her left leg was crushed badly under the train.
The Kurla GRP had earlier registered a case of attempt to murder, but after her death 10 days later, they converted the case to that of murder.
“We had a few leads in the case because not many people had seen the accused. But we managed to trace Gugal’s mobile phone to Shanti Nagar slums in Kalwa with the help of the IMEI number,” said Tukaram Chavan, commissioner of police (railway).
They found one Narsinmallu Kumari using Gugal’s mobile phone. On questioning Kumari, the railway police learnt that she had purchased the phone from Singh.
The officials then started looking for Singh, who kept moving from Pune to Dehu to evade arrest. But they finally caught him at Kalwa.
“Singh, who had migrated from Uttar Pradesh, has been convicted earlier for chain snatching and theft cases registered against him with the Kurla police and Thane GRP. We are yet to recover Gugal’s purse and jewellery from him,” added Chavan.