An unruly group of miscreants wreaked havoc early morning at Kandivli station on Tuesday. They even roughed up the local train’s guard Rakesh Sanket, when he tried to stop their rowdy behaviour. Sanket was on duty in the Borivli-bound slow train that started from Churchgate at 4.21 am.
Rakesh Sanket was beaten up by the group of miscreants when he tried to stop them
According to railway authorities, as the train reached Kandivli station’s platform one, a group of hooligans, armed with sticks, started hitting the train. “They stood outside the women’s compartment and started whistling at the women inside and banging on the door and window grills,” said a Western Railway (WR) official.
Sanket heard the commotion and tried to alert the stationmaster. When he attempted to stop the miscreants and shouted at them, they started beating him with sticks. His hand was injured while trying to protect himself.
By the time the stationmaster got out of his cabin, the group had fled from the spot. The train started for Borivli, and was delayed by a couple of minutes, arriving around 5.30 am. Here, Sanket was administered first aid by the station officers and he took the same train back to Churchgate.
After reaching Churchgate station at around 6.45 am, Sanket was taken to Jagjeevan Ram Hospital where he was admitted for 24 hours and treated for his injuries.
Sharad Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR, said, “While the guard suffered minor injuries, he continued his duty and then went to the hospital.” S Bangal, senior police inspector at GRP Borivli station, said, “No complaints have been filed about the issue yet.”
Man fell from moving train
An unidentified man fell from a moving train between Dockyard Road and Reay Road stations yesterday morning, and died on the spot. The train was crossing a bridge when the incident occurred. The man fell off the train and on to the ramp of the rail over-bridge, then hit the roof of a mechanic’s shop before slumping to the ground.
Crackdown on amateur daredevils
Railway officials conduct surprise checks every Tuesday at stations to catch miscreants trying stunts aboard the train. During a check last Tuesday, eight juveniles were caught red-handed at Lower Parel station.
Since the law does not permit filing cases against juveniles, their parents were called and they were released after warning. They were also shown a video on the dangers of performing stunts.