Parents of a student studying at a junior college in the city got a rude shock yesterday afternoon after railway police informed them that their daughter had met with an accident at Shivajinagar railway station. The girl was rushed to Sassoon General Hospital where she is undergoing treatment for serious head injuries. This is the third accident in the vicinity of Shivajinagar railway station. Two people died in train-related accidents on Friday and Saturday .
In the latest incident, Lonavala resident Rekha Prajapati, a student of Bharat English School and Junior College, was studying in Std XI of science stream. She was found by officials of the railway police station after she allegedly fell on platform number two at 11.30 am while boarding a train. After a CT scan, head injuries were detected, and she was immediately shifted to the operation theatre. According to police, Rekha travels from Lonvala to Shivajinagar on a daily basis. She attended extra classes in the college and was returning home when the incident occurred.
“The exams are round the corner, so we conducted extra classes for students. Yesterday, we called students in the morning and conducted classes from 7.30 am to the 10.30 am,” said SV Deshpande, principal at Bharat English School and Junior College.
Police constable D Suryavanshi who admitted Rekha to the hospital, said, “As per my knowledge, she must have been heading to Pune railway station. There is a rush for trains, and probably she decided to go to Pune station to catch an empty train. Along with the travel pass from Shivajinagar to Lonavala, we also found a return ticket from Shivajinagar to Pune.”
Rekha’s father Chetram Prajapati, who owns a tea stall near Lonavala railway station, said, “I never expected such a thing to happen to us. My elder daughter also takes the train, while Rekha and her younger sister travel daily to their respective college and school. Yesterday, there were extra classes scheduled, as the exams are nearing, and this happened.”
On Friday, an unidentified person was found dead in a mutilated condition on the tracks. Speaking about the incident, J K Pawar, officer from the Railway Protection Force (RPF), said, “We received information of a man lying on the tracks near Shivajinagar station. When we reached the spot, we couldn’t identify the person, as his face was disfigured.”
The next day, another man was found dead. “We found another body on the tracks near Shivajinagar railway station on Saturday. He was later identified as Santosh Ghadge, a resident of the Ratnagiri who worked at a pizza outlet in Pune. Prima facie, severe head injuries after being hit is cause of death. We found a railway ticket from Shivajinagar to Mumbai on him. We identified him from his identity card, and are further investigating the matter,” said D Suryavanshi.
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