The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Dadar has arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly robbing a Mumbai-based sales tax officer and throwing her out of a long-distance running train at Dadar station on Sunday. The 29-year-old officer who is a resident of Goregaon was going to Pune for some work when the incident took place, police said.
According to police, the officer, boarded the Bangalore-Mumbai Udyan Express from Pune for Mumbai on Sunday around 4 pm. She was in the ladies general coach next to the guard’s cabin.
“At 8.27 pm, when the train reached Dadar station platform number 6 (Central Railway), some passengers got down. When the train just started, a man boarded the ladies compartment, molested the complainant woman, and tried to snatch her bag. As she resisted him, in a bid to overpower her, the man threw her out of the running train,” said senior inspector Smita Dhakane of Dadar police station.
She was alone in the ladies general coach at the time of the incident, police said, adding hence the accused managed to escape when the train left the station. The woman sustained injuries to head and hand and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Meanwhile, Dhakane’s team, under the superior’s supervision, launched a hunt for the accused. “After scanning CCTV at Dadar and CSMT stations, we managed to trace the accused, Manoj Chaudhary, 32, within eight hours of the incident,” said Dhakane. Police also recovered the woman’s robbed bag, which contained some cash.
The woman, who sustained injuries, was left distraught by the incident and visited the police station only on Monday to file a complaint, police said adding her condition is stable.
“On the day of the incident the train had just started moving, and luckily, the woman fell on the platform,” said another police officer.
Chaudhary has been arrested under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and 150(1)(e), 153, 137, 147, and 162 of the Indian Railways Act.
Chaudhary has no past crime record. His family has been informed about his arrest, police said.