HSC student found dead on railway tracks near Govandi

Jun 03, 2014, 08:21 IST | Pooja Kalwar

According to the deceased’s friend, he had failed his HSC exams after appearing for the papers privately, however, police are still investigating if it is a case of suicide

Train services on the Harbour Line were disrupted for nearly 30 minutes after a young boy’s body was found on the tracks on Monday afternoon. The body of Std XII student Manoj Rathod was found between Chembur and Govandi railway stations.

The police reached the spot and informed railway authorities at Govandi railway station about the incident. Rathod was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar where he was declared dead on arrival. The cause of death was fatal head injury.

According to the deceased’s friend, HSC student Rathod had appeared for his exams privately after he failed his first year Junior College exams. However, he was not able to pass his exams. The police are currently investigating whether Rathod committed suicide or was trespassing, as a suicide note has not been recovered.

Cops recovered a railway ticket for Govandi to Bhayandar and his mobile phone, and they contacted Rathod’s family, who are presently not in the city. His friends came to the hospital and identified his body. A police officer said, “The body will be kept in the morgue for 2-3 days and will then be handed over to his family.”

Official speaks
Train services on Harbour line were disrupted between 2.47 pm and 3.09 pm. A K Singh, spokesperson of Central Railway said, “Train services were affected on the UP line (towards CST) and three trains were held up while others were delayed by 15 minutes.”

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