Mumbai: 3 victims identified through GRP's poster drive at stations

Feb 24, 2015, 06:52 IST | Vinay Dalvi

In an attempt to help them identify dead bodies, the Mumbai railway police have begun putting up posters with their pictures at major stations. This way the bodies of railway accident victims may be identified by their relatives. Three such bodies were identified on Friday, the day they began putting up the posters.

The poster put up at CST, seeing which, a woman identified a body as that of her sister, who had gone missing. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
The poster put up at CST, seeing which, a woman identified a body as that of her sister, who had gone missing. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

The Government Railway Police (GRP), on orders from the Commissioner of Police, GRP, have started making banners with pictures of accident victims, and putting them up at major railway stations like CST, Kurla and Thane.

In 2015, till date around 465 accidents have taken place in Mumbai Railway jurisdiction that goes from Kasara/ Karjat to CST, Panvel to CST and Vasai to CST. Of these around 148 bodies are yet to be identified.“Identifying bodies is a difficult task. We inform all police stations, check missing complaints and send the pictures to the police stations.

Also, on an average, 10 deaths take place every day on the railway tracks, due to various reasons like line crossing, falling from a running train while standing at the door, dashing against a pole, falling in the gap, electric shock and suicides,” said Ravindra Singhal, Commissioner of GRP.

“We have managed to identify three bodies through the banners. One of the cases, a nationalised bank’s employee from Fort identified one body as that of her sister, Hemlata Jadhav, who had gone missing in February, and was killed near Byculla station after meeting with an accident,” added Singhal.

“The woman saw the poster at CST and identified one of them as her sister. We have given her all the documents relating to the death,” said Shivaji Shinde, police inspector of CST police station.

Unknown bodies
2015: Already there are around 148 bodies yet to be identified
2014: Around 1,097 bodies were left unidentified
2013: Around 1,130 bodies were not identified

Database of beggars
The police have also started making a database of all beggars, and poor people that stay on stations and work there. “We have started taking details like the identification marks on the body, collecting their names etc, as most of the times, if such people are killed, identifying their bodies is very difficult. We keep a body for minimum seven to 10 days and then dispose it off,” said Singhal.

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