Man who prompted Mumbai teenager to jump out of moving train arrested
A 25-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Thursday for entering the women’s compartment and allegedly prompting a 13-year-old girl to jump off the moving train fearing molestation.
The man has been identified as Ashraf Ali Shaikh, a resident of Sion, Government Railway Police (GRP) officials attached to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), where the incident took place, said.
Samadhan Pawar, deputy commissioner of police, said that after they located CCTV footage of the accused, three teams were formed to hunt him down.
On Wednesday, the GRP got a tip-off that Shaikh was going to travel to CSMT, and laid in wait.Shaikh, however, spotted the police when he reached CSMT and tried to run away, and after a brief chase, he was caught.
After the teenager identified him, he was charged for outraging modesty of the minor and other sections of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act.
Shaikh has a criminal record, and has been previously arrested for mobile theft at Dadar station. He confessed to the police that he had got into the women’s coach and had a spat with the girl, who was standing on the footboard, when she asked him to get off. He told her to shut up and was moving towards her when she jumped off the running train, he admitted.