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Esther Anuhya case spurs cops to ease traffic chaos outside Dadar station

Police were seen disciplining wayward taxi drivers and organising passengers into queues at the eastern entrance to Dadar station last morning; drive started in the wake of murder of Esther Anuhya, who went missing from LTT

It took the death of 23-year-old Esther for authorities to take note of, and control the traffic chaos outside Dadar (East) station at the Swaminarayan junction. The junction, which sees taxis, vehicles and people jostling for road space and coming from different directions at any given hour, was a picture of contrast last morning. 

Taxis and vehicles coming from different directions were forced to follow rules yesterday. Every taxi that came to drop passengers outside the station was made to wait, in course of the drive. “We are intensifying security and traffic discipline outside vital stations like Dadar which are used by many women, especially after the Esther Anuhya case,” said Sujata Patil, Senior Police Inspector (Traffic), Matunga.

A meeting was also held with porters and taxi drivers, a special effort being made to sensitise the latter category about the needs of passengers who they turn down every day without even a second look.

Passengers were also seen standing in queue, to be directed by traffic police into taxis as they approached. “We have been receiving several complaints about the problems at Dadar station,” said a police officer posted there.


Road discipline: Passengers were made to stand in queue, and cops flagged cabs and directed them into the vehicles 

There were two different queues — one right outside the station and the across the road — both serpentine.

Taxi drivers, as soon as they got wind of the drive, were up to their usual tricks. Some were seen veering away before the cops called out to them. Others were seen taking the road leading to Matunga in a bid to escape.

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4 Comments

  • Priya11-Mar-2014

    Appreciate the work done by our force. At the same time these type of cases are even worse when it comes to Andheri or Kanjurmarg station where the auto drivers never take the responsibity to drop a female what so ever claiming that there is no profit for short distance. Even there are drivers who openly abuse women if reacted.

  • Mehmood12-Mar-2014

    I have noticed that at major railway station some urchins,vagabond loitering especially at chatrapati shivaji terminus,their appearance seems to be doubtful and also at kurla station I have seen beggers at the platform authorities should look into this matter and take proper steps to get rid of these mense

  • S. Mathew11-Mar-2014

    Respect the Police Personnel and Co-operate with Police Department. Passengers should co-operate with them; they can deliver a good job and appreciate them for their hard work. We, passengers should take care ourselves and follow the `Q' system to benefit for ourselves. Wish all the best for the new `Q' system for the Taxis and Autorikshaws at all Main Railway Stations. Suggestion: If Indian Railways and Police Dept. jointly print some `instructions' to passengers behind the Railway Tickets which may benefit for ALL...

  • ATIK AJMER11-Mar-2014

    Better Late than never. This practise should also be exercised at other stations like Bandra Terminus, Kurla Terminus and Dadar West as well the new platform from where outstation trains are available. Thanks Mr. Rakesh Maria.

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