A vegetable vendor was stabbed to death allegedly by an unidentified man at Nalasopara on Saturday morning, while she was travelling alone in the luggage compartment of a Churchgate-bound local train.
In the last six months, this is allegedly the second attempt to kill the woman. The police have registered a case of murder against the unidentified person, and they suspect that the murder was pre-planned.
According to the Vasai Government Railway Police (GRP) officers, the woman identified as Panga Janya Andher, (55), a resident of Ghas Dongri in Nalasopara (East), boarded the train at 3.53 am.
Andher, who boarded the train from Nalasopara, travelled by the same train everyday to get off at Borivali, where she sold vegetables at the municipal market.
Police officers said Andher boarded the supposedly vacant compartment and when the train left Nalasopara station, a man stepped in front of her and stabbed her with a knife four times in her stomach.
A GRP constable, who was in the adjacent women’s compartment heard her cries and alerted the motorman, who halted the train a few meters away from Vasai railway station.
“As the motorman applied breaks and stopped the train, the assailant jumped off the train and fled towards Vasai (east),” said the motorman, who is a witness in the case.
The constable alerted the Vasai GRP officers, who reached the spot and rushed the victim to Ravi Hospital in Vasai, where she was declared dead on arrival.
Deepak Deoraj, deputy commissioner of police (GRP), said they had registered a case of murder against the unidentified assailant, however, during investigation they found that the woman was earlier attacked on a train at Naigaon station.