Drug peddler fails in frantic bid to take flight from running train

Jan 09, 2013, 07:14 IST | Vinay Dalvi

The accused, who was being brought to Mumbai from Kalyan via an express train by cops, was apprehended despite his daredevilry near Thane

Even after being nabbed by Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), Rajkumar Tiwari did not lose hope. The alleged drug runner, who had managed to elude the law for the last five years and was staying in Ulhasnagar with an assumed name, jumped off a moving train near Thane station while being brought to Mumbai by cops.

Rajkumar Tiwari jumped off a moving train near Thane creek, but was collared by Anti-Narcotics Cell personnel

However, the police officers proved equal to the task and collared him in the nick of time. “Our officers were in pursuit of Tiwari for the last few years, as he was ‘wanted’ and had also jumped bail and stopped coming to courts,” said Vinayak Deshmukh, deputy police commissioner of ANC.

Vijay Bane, inspector from ANC, received a tip-off that Tiwari was staying in Ulhasnagar V under the alias Murlidhar Jaiswal and was still actively involved in the drug trade. Bane went with a team of police officers to nab the offender. “We apprehended Tiwari on Saturday and were brining him to Mumbai. We decided to board an express train from Kalyan as the locals were crowded. So, we boarded Chennai Express and were headed for CST,” the inspector said.

When the train slowed down at a signal near Thane creek, Tiwari told the police that he was feeling nauseated. He went towards the doors and jumped on the tracks. By the time the ANC officials could react, the train had picked up speed.

“Our constables Shyamrao Sonawale and Dinesh Babal leapt off the train and managed to nab Tiwari after chasing him for around 600 metres on the tracks,” said Bane. “We did not want to lose the accused, as he was arrested after five years of search,” said Sonawale.

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