Mumbai: A Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable, whose wife delivered a baby boy two days back, was killed after a fast Virar-Churchgate local hit him between Bandra-Mahim stations on Friday. Ranveer Gurjar was on patrol duty at 10.45pm, to check for fatka gangs along tracks, Bandra railway police said.
Gurjar who was with his colleague, constable Rahul Pawar (29), spotted a man walking along the tracks at a distance. Pawar told railway police, “We rushed to help him, on spotting a fast train coming from Bandra. The train hit Gurjar as he failed to duck and move one side.” Gurjar had reported to work around 8pm.
The accident was witnessed by Pawar, who had little time to react, before the train heading towards Dadar hit Gurjar. Bandra police senior inspector Vilas Chougule said Gurjar, from Thakurli RPF headquarters, was posted with Bandra Barack RPF. “Pawar said they feared the train would hit the man. The 55-year-old physically challenged man, from Mahim, had gone to answer nature’s call,” said Chougule.
A case of accidental death report has been registered.
Gurjar, who hailed from Pancholi village in Rajasthan, was survived by his wife, a daughter and the baby and his parents.
Police said RPF HQ informed Gurjar’s family about the incident. His cousin brother reached Mumbai on Saturday around 4pm and took his body from Nair Hospital. Gurjar’s cousin Rajeshyam (35) told Bandra police that his wife and parents were shattered. An RPF battalion accompanied Gurjar’s brother in Golden Temple Mail for the final salute in this village.