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Woman slapped for occupying window seat: Railways promises to nab assaulter in 48 hrs

Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner for Central Railway, has assured Preeta Saji yesterday that her assaulter would be detained in 2 days

Taking note of the story published in mid-day (‘Window seat brawl turns ugly, RPF turns a blind eye’, August 14), on a Vithalwadi woman being slapped while travelling in an Ambernath-CST local on Wednesday for refusing to surrender her window seat, GRP officials called her and took her complaint at the Kalyan GRP yesterday.

Also read: Woman slapped over window seat on Mumbai train; RPF turns a deaf ear

mid-day report highlighting the incident on August 14
mid-day report highlighting the incident on August 14

Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner for Central Railway, called Preeta Saji and asked her to lodge a complaint at the GRP office at Kalyan station. He assured Saji that the accused would be detained within two days. Saji usually boards the first class ladies’ compartment, but boarded a second-class coach on Wednesday.

She was waiting for a train at Vithalwadi station on her way to work in CST last morning. When two successive trains were cancelled around 8.30 am, the 30-year-old accountant decided to board a train in the opposite direction to Ambernath, so she would get a place to sit once it emptied out at Ambernath and started its journey towards CST. This prompted the accused’s assault.

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