Even as the railways sit on a proposal to deploy government railway police (GRP) personnel in all women’s compartments on local trains, a 30-year-old woman was allegedly attacked and robbed of cash and her mobile phone by a man between Mahalaxmi and Mumbai Central railway stations on Sunday.
B Shirsat, deputy commissioner of police for the western railways, said the police had identified the man from the CCTV footage at Mahalaxmi station and that he would be arrested soon.
Officers from the Mumbai Central GRP said the incident was reported around 2.30pm on Sunday. The woman, the police said, boarded a first class compartment of a Borivli-bound slow train from Churchgate railway station and was to alight at Kandivli. She was alone in the compartment when the incident occurred, an officer said.
“While she was speaking on her mobile phone, a man boarded the compartment at Mumbai Central railway station. He tried to snatch her phone and when she resisted, he attacked her with a sharp object on her left arm,” said Shivaji Shinde, senior inspector, Mumbai Central.
The police said the man eventually snatched her mobile phone worth Rs. 1,500, Rs. 1,000 in cash and jumped out of the running train before Mahalaxmi.
The woman, who is employed with a Vasai-based private firm, meanwhile, approached a GRP constable at Mahalaxmi station and filed a complaint against the accused. She was taken to Nair hospital as she had sustained a cut on her left arm and was discharged after first aid.
“We have registered a case under IPC section 394 for causing hurt in committing robbery against the accused.”