Late Tuesday night, the Vile Parle station-in-charge was allegedly assaulted and pushed on the railway tracks by a mob irked due to the daylong delay and cancellation of services. An FIR was registered with the state railway police.
More than 130 train services were officially announced as cancelled due to the derailment Tuesday.
As the incident took place close to Vile Parle station, and as two poles of the overhead wires were badly damaged, there were consequent delays in restoring the services, causing chaos among the commuters.
“An FIR was filed by Ashok Azad, the station master of Vile Parle, under Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code. On Tuesday, due to the derailment of seven coaches of the Churchgate-bound fast local train at Vile Parle, there was continuous disruption in the train services. The mob was apparently very furious as there was no local train halting at Vile Parle station for more than three hours. Left in the lurch, they approached the station master around 11 pm,” said Dipka Devraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Government Railway Police (Western Zone).
When he expressed his inability to help, the mob attacked him.
“The victim was not ready to register an FIR with the GRP. Our police official had been at Vile Parle and he was advised to register the FIR but he (Ashok) refused. Finally, he has registered the FIR with us. We will start the probe very soon. There are CCTV cameras installed on the station premises. We will check if we can get any footage of the incident. We are also looking for eyewitnesses to the incident to verify if he was really assaulted by the mob and if they really tried to throw him on the railway tracks,” added Devraj.
“The victim was admitted to the Jagjivan Ram Railway Hospital,” said the officer.