A 20-year-old youth from Bandra,who had gone to Vasai to spend the evening with his friends,was found dead at Vasai railway station under mysterious circumstances on Sunday evening. While his family has alleged that he was murdered,his friends maintain that he died in a train accident. Police are questioning three of his friends.
Steven Quadros,the only son of Matilda Quadros,lived on Chapel Road,Bandra. His father died when he was three. Steven,who worked on an oil rig,was currently at home on leave.
On Sunday,Steven went to Vasai with his friends Charlene Fernandes,Allwin Jude,Reece Valadaris and Tanvi Sharma for a party. Some hours later,Matilda got a call informing her that Steven had died in a train accident. Stevens uncle Bosco De Silva rushed to Vasai with some of Stevens friends from the colony. However,when they saw his body,they raised doubts about the nature of injuries.
Stevens friend Glindon DSouza said,Steven had a black eye. How does one get a black eye from being run over by a train? Also,there was an injury on his head as if he was hit by a heavy object. We later learnt that there had been a dispute between Allwin and Steven. Railway police did not entertain us and refused to file a complaint against Allwin,Charlene and Tanvi. They made us go to the Bhayander railway police,citing jurisdictional issues.
Glindon said Allwin and Charlene were in a relationship and Allwin was angry with Stevens closeness to her. He alleged that this may have led to the murder.
Inspector P S Bhangre from Vasai GRP said they have registered a case of accidental death as the primary post mortem report indicated injuries due to railway accident. We are questioning the three people who had accompanied the boy. We will send the boys body to J J Hospital for a second post mortem based on the allegations, said Bhangre.
The news of Stevens death sparked outrage in the colony where he resided,with several women storming into Charlenes house. Charlene,who was in tears,kept repeating that nothing untoward had happened.
Matilda has refused to conduct Stevens funeral. She said she would do so only after justice had been delivered,and has mounted a silent vigil,sitting next to his coffin in her house. A small sign at the entrance of the colony says,Funeral postponed till further notice.