Mumbai: Commuters protecting old man attack Sandhurst Road railway staff

Nov 10, 2018, 20:30 IST | A Correspondent

Eventually, it turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, and the man was taken away safely, while the Sandhurst Road station's booking office suffered damage

Mumbai: Commuters protecting old man attack Sandhurst Road railway staff
The booking office and other material at Sandhurst Road station were damaged. Pic/Suresh Karkera

What had started off as a well-meaning gesture to protect an elderly man from harassment, quickly escalated into vandalism and violence, as commuters pelted railway staffers with stones. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, and the man was taken away safely, while the Sandhurst Road station's booking office suffered damage.

A misunderstanding
Sources said a senior citizen was sleeping outside the station manager's office, and when a railway pointsman went to wake him, he started shouting and crying. Commuters gathered quickly, mistakenly assuming that the old man was being harassed.

Before anyone could explain what was happening, the angry mob damaged the booking office and started hurling rocks at the staff. The station master had to call the police. The Dongri police whisked away the drunk man and brought the situation under control. The windows of the booking office and other railway material were damaged.

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