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American woman slashed with blade inside Mumbai local train

An American woman was attacked by a drug addict and robbed of her phone in a local at Grant Road station, while she was commuting to Andheri on Sunday evening. She sustained injuries to her forearms and cheeks. 

Twenty-eight-year-old US national Michelle Mark had boarded a Borivli-bound local and was alone in the first-class compartment when the train left Churchgate station.

“Seeing that she was alone, the accused entered the compartment at Marine Lines station, and as the train was pulling up at Grant Road, he snatched her iPhone. When she resisted, he attacked her with a blade,” said Senior Inspector (SI) Rajendra Trivedi, Government Railway Police (GRP), Mumbai Central.

At Grant Road station, Mark got down and asked passers-by for help. Some passengers took her to the Mumbai Central railway police.

The incident was reported to Mumbai central stationmaster Raju Kumar Ranjan.

Meanwhile, RPF constable Narendra Singh Yadav waited for the GRP staff to come and take her to a hospital rather than taking her himself. “The RPF constable told the victim that it was not his job to take her to the hospital and it was the job of the local police,” said GRP’s SI Trivedi.

After the complaint was lodged, she was taken to the nearby Nair Hospital for treatment

Doctors said she has suffered abrasions. “We have sutured the wounds she sustained due to the blade attack on the right side of her neck,” said Dr M Shah, deputy dean of Nair Hospital.

By late Sunday evening, one of Mark’s relatives arrived at the hospital and was in the process of taking discharge against medical advice.

According to GRP officials, Mark works for a non-profit organisation in Andheri and has been staying in Mumbai for more than two years.

She was discharged from the hospital after receiving the stitches.

The Mumbai Central GRP has registered a case under section 394 of IPC voluntary causing hurt in order to commit robbery against unknown person.

The case will be transferred to Churchgate GRP in whose jurisdiction the incident happened. Churchgate railway police couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts.

“We will trace the accused with the help of the iPhone he has stolen by tracking it,” said Trivedi.  

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