Man who looted MBBS student in moving train in Mumbai arrested

The culprit has been identified as Santosh Kekan, 28, a resident of Bodke Chawl in Shahad in Thane district.

mumbai Updated: Dec 13, 2017 00:28 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
The culprit has been identified as Santosh Kekan, 28, a resident of Bodke Chawl in Shahad in Thane district.(FILE)

Eleven days after a 19-year-old MBBS student was looted of her valuables and thrown out of a moving train, the government railway police (GRP) arrested the culprit from a hotel in Shilphata on Tuesday.

The culprit has been identified as Santosh Kekan, 28, a resident of Bodke Chawl in Shahad in Thane district.

The victim- Rituja Bokade, a resident of Vashi, was returning home from Baroda by Thiruanantapuram Express and she alighted at Panvel station around 11.15 pm on December 3. Then she boarded a second class ladies compartment of local train to Vashi at 11.22 pm. She was alone in that compartment and there were no security guards.

Around 11.50 pm, when the train reached Nerul station, the accused boarded that compartment. “Finding her alone, the accused snatched her bag and earrings. He also tried to snatch her mobile phones, but the victim was defending herself. Her two phones fell down on the floor during the ruckus as the train entered the Juinagar station. The accused then pushed her and ran out of the compartment with her phones,” said a GRP official.

The victim fell down on the platform, but she sustained only minor injuries as the train had lowered its speed after entering the station. She later reached Vashi boarding another train and also registered an FIR with the Vashi GRP under sections 307, 397, 356 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 162 of the Railway Act.

The accused ran out of the station and went towards the Sion-Panvel highway. “After examining the CCTV footage of all the stations, we realized that a white car had dropped the accused at Mansarovar station. From the registration number of that car we reached out to the owner of the car- Vipul Patil,” said Suresh Patil, senior police inspector of Vashi GRP.

“Patil told us that the accused was his friend and he also gave his details including phone numbers and residential address. However, when our officials reached his residence on Thursday (December 7), the accused attacked three constables and then fled the house. He first punched one of the constables and then pushed two others before running away through small dark lane. The first constable suffered injuries in the attack,” he said.

Following that incident a fresh case was registered with Kalyan police under section 332 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Kekan for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from duty.

After that Kekan was hiding in a hotel in Shilphata. Acting on a tip off the police arrested him from the hotel.

“We have realized that the accused’s only intention was to loot the victim of her valuables. He has a diploma of mechanical engineering and was working as a maintainer with a private company. He does not have any criminal record,” said Samadhan Pawar, deputy commissioner of police of GRP.

“So far we have recovered the victim’s bag from the culprit’s possession. Her jewellery and mobile phones are yet to be recovered,” Patil said.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 00:28 IST