Teen fights mobile phone thief, gets assaulted, dragged till footboard of Mumbai local train
Miloni Parekh, who was travelling to Grant Road with her mother, said she let go of her phone as she was scared she would fall outmumbai Updated: Mar 15, 2018 10:49 IST
An 18-year-old girl, who was travelling in a local train on the western line with her mother, was dragged up to the footboard of the compartment and assaulted by a thief when she refused to let go of her mobile phone, worth Rs38,000, that he snatched from her hand.
Miloni Parekh had to let go of her phone finally as she feared she would fall off the train, which started moving.
The incident took place on Saturday night, around 10.30pm, when Parekh, a fashion designing student, was travelling from Kandivli to Grant Road. Parekh said everything happened in a flash, within 20 seconds – the duration a local train halts at a station.
Parekh said she and her mother were seated in the second-class ladies’ compartment with their backs facing the door when the thief entered the compartment. “I was seated on the third seat of the bench with my phone in my hands,” she said. “As the train reached Santacruz, a man jumped inside and within the blink of an eye, pulled my phone from my hands. I tried to hold on to it but the young robber, who was wearing a white T-shirt, pulled at my mobile phone and dragged me till the footboard of the opposite door. I did not want to fall out and had to let go of my phone when he hit me on the back of my hand,” she said.
In the meantime, Parekh’s mother, Parul, pulled the chain. “The man jumped on to the track as the train began moving. There were about 12 other women in the compartment who shouted but no one helped. There was no constable in the train,” Parekh said.
The duo got off at Bandra and approached the Government Railway Police (GRP). “We filed an FIR against the unidentified thief who fled with my One-plus phone costing Rs38,000. It was traumatising,” said Parekh.
Sunilkumar Jadhav, senior inspector, Bandra GRP, said: “We have registered a case of theft and assault used to commit theft under sections 379 and 356 of the Indian Penal Code. We are trying to identify the robber.”
Purshottam Karad, deputy commissioner of police, GRP, Western Railway, said that a part of the compartment was not captured in the CCTVs. “We are going through other recordings to identify him based on Parekh’s description,” he said.