The incident took place at 1am on Thursday between Juchandra and Chandrapada when the level crossing was shut to allow a goods train to pass, the Dombivali railway police station official said
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Five persons were arrested in Thane in Maharashtra for allegedly assaulting on-duty staff at a railway crossing and stalling the passage of a goods train for more than four hours, a police official said on Friday.
The incident took place at 1am on Thursday between Juchandra and Chandrapada when the level crossing was shut to allow a goods train to pass, the Dombivali railway police station official said.
"Railway staff were also engaged in maintenance work on the stretch at the time. The seven accused, who were travelling in a car and a scooter, roughed up railway staff after finding the level crossing shut. They also manhandled some Railway Protection Force jawans," he said.
"They then squatted on the tracks and held up a goods train for four hours. After some time, five of them were arrested, while a woman and man, who were part of the group, escaped. All seven have been charged under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Railway Act for assaulting government staff and other offences," he said.
Earlier in the day, three boys drowned while swimming in a pond at a village in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district, police said on Friday.
The incident took place in Awarpur village of Korpana tehsil on Thursday and the bodies were fished out from the pond on Friday, said an official from Gadchandur sub-division police office.
The victims Paras Deepe, Darshan Shankar Bacha Shankar and Arjun Singh, all aged 10 years, were Class 4 students of Aditya Birla Public School, Korpana, some 54 km away from the district headquarters, he said.
The boys had gone to the pond to play after attending a Republic Day programme in the village, and had ventured into the water for a swim, the official said.
When the children did not return home in the evening, the parents started looking for them. Shoes and clothes of the boys were found next to the pond, he said.
"The boys could not be traced due to poor light on Thursday evening. Following a search operation, three bodies were found in the pond on Friday," sub-divisional police officer Sushilkumar Nayak said, adding that a case has been registered in this regard.
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