A fellow passenger in the local train in which law student Pallavi Vikamsey was seen alive for the last time has told the police that she is unsure whether the woman fell off the train or jumped from it. The Dadar railway police, probing the death of Parel resident Pallavi, recorded the statement of Geeta Gaikwad, a BMC employee who was travelling in the same train as Pallavi on Wednesday.
“The witness has told us that the woman was standing near the footboard and leaned her head out a few times. But the witness is not sure whether the woman fell off or jumped,” said Nitin Bobade, Senior Inspector, Dadar railway police station.
Bobade added that in the CCTV footage from CSMT station, Pallavi is seen speaking on her cellphone. The police are now looking for her missing mobile phone, which would be a vital link to establish if it is a case of suicide. “We have been looking along the railway tracks but we have not found the phone. We are looking through the call data records of her phone to find out who she had spoken to last,” he said.
According to the police, she sent text messages to her family on Wednesday evening, informing them of her intention to commit suicide and stating that “no one be held responsible for her actions”. Pallavi, a student at Pravin Gandhi College of Law, was interning at the law firm, Oasis Counsel and Advisory, in south Mumbai. She was last seen boarding a fast train for Dombivali at CSMT station at 6 pm on Wednesday.
Her father, Nilesh Vikamsey, is president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Her worried family contacted her office and looked for her in south Mumbai and Parel before lodging a missing person complaint at the MRA Marg police station.
The station master at Dadar railway station informed the railway police at 7.15 about a woman’s body lying on the tracks between Parel and Currey Road stations. As no cellphone or any other identifying documents were found, the railway police informed police stations across the city regarding the body of an unidentified woman. The MRA Marg police then informed Pallavi’s family, who identified the body.
The police said they will speak to Pallavi’s family in detail next week. “The family has held a prayer meeting for their daughter today (on Saturday?). We do not want to disturb them. We have asked them to come on Monday,” said