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So many men travel by the ladies’ compartments in local trains

So many men travel by the ladies’ compartments in local trains while the Government Railway Police (GRP) look the other way.

But when the GRP did decide to act, the man at the receiving end turned out to be the train’s guard who had come to investigate a chain-pulling incident.

The incident occurred on Sunday night at Vasai. The guard, Mohammad Yasin Sheikh, 40, was badly injured after being beaten up by five GRP personnel. He is being treated at Western Railway’s Jagjivan Ram Hospital at Mumbai Central.

On Sunday, Sheikh was on duty on a Virar-bound local when he noticed a signal that the emergency chain had been pulled by someone in the ladies’ compartment. When the local reached Vasai at 10.39 pm, he got down to investigate.

Sheikh said, “We are supposed to go to the compartment in which the chain was pulled and verify the complaint of the passengers. But as I was getting into the ladies’ compartment, the GRP constable on escort duty objected. Before I could explain, he slapped me. I fell on the platform.”

The GRP man then called a few colleagues from other platforms to help him deal with Sheikh. According to the guard, the five men beat him up without giving him a chance to explain himself. “I tried to reveal my identity but the GRP men did not allow me to speak. They kicked me and hit me with the butt of their guns,” said Sheikh.

Fortunately, the train’s motorman and the station master got to know of the incident. They rushed to the spot and rescued Sheikh who was taken to Bhagwati Hospital at Bhayandar for treatment. Another guard was posted on the train so that it could proceed to Virar.

Pravin Shinde, a head constable (GRP) with the Borivli police station, was on duty in the ladies’ compartment. Shinde was sent for a medical check-up to find out if he was under the influence of liquor.

A K  Sharma, commissioner, GRP, said, “Both Sheikh and Shinde have filed complaints of beating and abuse against each other. But Shinde will have to explain his behaviour. We have initiated an enquiry against him.”

Divisional railway manager Satya Prakash said, “A guard is in charge of the train. He can enter any compartment. If the GRP men had any doubt about Sheikh’s intentions, they should have questioned him before beating him up like this. We have written to the director general (GRP) to take strict action against the personnel concerned.”

• Before I could explain, the GRP constable slapped me. I fell on the platform. I tried to reveal my identity, but the GRP men did not allow me to speak. They kicked me and hit me with the butt of their guns – Mohammad Yasin Sheikh (the guard)

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October 11, 2007 - Posted by | News and Views

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