A 26-year-old aboard an Ambarnath-bound local was shot at by a fellow commuter at Nahur station following an argument Friday night. The suspect is yet to be identified.
The victim,Tabrez Asif Jethwa,is a resident of Mumbra and has been employed as a driver with a construction firm in Bandra-Kurla Complex for the last four years.
According to police,Tabrez had boarded the slow local from Dadar to go to Mumbra late Friday night and took a seat in the middle luggage compartment. Four unidentified youths also boarded the same compartment at Vikhroli around 11.45 pm and they had an argument with Tabrez over space.
Following angry exchanges,fellow commuters pacified both sides and even made the four apologise for their behaviour. Though they warned Tabrez of consequences after the arrival of Nahur station,my son did not take it seriously, Tabrezs father Asif Jethwa said.
When the train arrived at Nahur,one of them shot at Tabrez twice. The first bullet Tabrezs forearm while the second hit his upper back on the right side.
While the assailants fled,fellow commuters rushed Tabrez to Agarwal Hospital in Mulund and later to Sion Hospital. His parents came to know about the incident at 1 pm on Saturday.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) at Kurla has registered a case of attempt to murder and under other relevant sections of IPC and the Arms Act against the four,believed to be in their 20s.
While the bullet on Tabrezs forearm was removed,the other one is still lodged in his upper back,his father said.
Shivaji Dhumal,senior police inspector,Kurla GRP,said,We have recovered a live and a fired cartridge from the platform. The victim is stable now.The police are believed to have identified the four from CCTV footage,where they are seen purchasing tickets at the booking counter at Vikhroli station. Eye-witnesses have reportedly told the police that the four men appeared to be drunk.
Tabrez lives with his parents and his wife Sultana (25) and has two daughters,aged four and one-and-a-half years.
This is the second incident of violence in a suburban train this week.