A 24-year-old woman was run over by a train after she lost balance and fell on the Kurla railway tracks Tuesday night. The incident was an impact of chain-snatching.
The accused chain snatcher was eventually arrested by the Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP) officials and has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
According to the railway police, the incident took place around 8.15 pm when victim Sapna Shukla was returning home in Ghatkopar after office. She was waiting for a train at platform no 1 which was more crowded than usual, since trains on the central line were slow due to some technical faults. Shulka was waiting for the 8.19-pm Thane down local. Just around the time the train reached Kurla station, accused Rapi Charan Malik alias Shubhashish (19), who hails from Kandhamal in Odisha, standing behind Shukla, tried to pull the gold chain that she was wearing.
As a result of the impact, Shukla who was standing near the edge of the platform lost her balance and fell on the tracks.
The oncoming train that she was to board ran over her. Commuters rushed her to the nearby Sion hospital where she was declared dead by the hospital staff.
Meanwhile, the crowd chased down the accused who tried to flee. Railway Protection Force officials present at the spot eventually apprehended the 19-year-old and handed him over to the local Kurla GRP. A Kurla GRP officer said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and dacoity with murder has been registered against Malik.
“Once we get his custody, we will check if there is any other case registered against him in the past. So far, he was been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” said GRP spokesperson Ritesh Aher.