A 19-year-old woman passenger was robbed and pushed out of a moving train late Saturday evening in Navi Mumbai. The incident happened in a Panvel-Vashi local train, when Rutuja Bodake, a medical student tried to fight off the robber, who boarded the ladies compartment of the train on finding her alone. She fled with some limb injuries as the train was about to come to a halt while arriving at Juinagar station.
Valuables worth Rs 38,000, comprising of two mobile phones, cash, gold earrings and a music system was robbed from the victim by the robber.
Ideally, railway security personnel must guard ladies compartment in every local train after 9 pm, however, no one was there in the coach when Rutuja boarded the train to Vashi around 11:20 pm.
According to an RPF official, “When the train reached Nerul, a youth, who got into the coach at Seawoods, asked her if it would go to Wadala. Just as she said the last stop was Vashi, he grabbed her neck and asked her to hand over all her valuables. To save herself, she give away her gold earrings, phones and two bags containing her clothes and study material. When she realised that the train was about to enter Juinagar station, she gathered courage and tried to snatch back her belongings. However, he overpowered her, dragged her to the entrance and pushed her out. The girl fell on the tracks near platform number 4 and the robber fled with the valuables.”
On reaching Vashi by boarding the next train, Rutuja narrated the entire episode to her father, Dilip Bodake, who is a practicing advocate in the Bombay High Court. Her father then took her to MGM hospital in Vashi for the treatment of her injuries and later lodged a complaint at the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Vashi station.
An FIR has been registered against the unidentified robber. The robber is believed to be a youth, who has been booked under IPC Section 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), section 307 (attempt to murder) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) and Railway Act section 162 for entering a carriage or other place reserved for women.
“Footage from a CCTV camera at Seawoods shows the youth, suspected to be aged around 25 years, boarding the ladies coach. And the CCTV cameras at Juinagar station have captured him alighting from the ladies coach with two bags of the girl, and later crossing the subway and exiting the station. However, the CCTV cameras do not cover the area at the end of the platform where the girl had fallen off the train,” an RPF source stated.
As per Vashi GRP senior inspector Suresh Patil, “We are inquiring with auto drivers outside the station to find out if any of them had ferried him.