Two minor girls, both sisters, died after being hit by a local train between Kalwa and Thane on Monday night while they were crossing the tracks. Both girls were taken to a civic hospital, but were declared brought dead. The Thane government railway police have registered an accidental death case.
According to the police, the girls have been identified as Shweta Anant Dakhilkar, 14, and Kanchan Dakhilkar, 9, both residents of Vimal Nagar chawl near Parsik Tunnel in Kalwa. The incident took place around 8.30pm near the Kharegaon gate, when the duo was crossing the tracks.
The two girls were crossing the tracks to reach their destination, when a CST bound local hit them. “Shweta was thrown some 15 metres ahead and died on the spot, while Kanchan, who was badly injured, was shifted to a civic hospital by people who were at the spot. Both were then taken to Shivaji hospital at Kalwa, where doctors declared them dead,” said a police officer from Thane GRP.
A case of accidental death has been registered by the Thane government railway police late Monday night. “There is no boundary wall at the spot because of which people use the tracks as a short cut to reach their destinations,” the officer said.
“During investigation we found that the girls had come to their uncle’s house in Kalwa and were returning home when they were hit by a fast CST bound local. It is suspected that in the dark they did not see the fast train approaching at great speed,” said a police officer.
“We have created a lot of awareness in the area about the dangers of crossing tracks. We also appealed for a boundary wall at the spot, but locals with some politicians protested and refused to allow a wall to be built claiming that it was the only short cut for them,” the officer said.