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Mumbai: Woman molested, robbed by duo on WR local at night – Times of India

MUMBAI: A 22-year-old woman was molested and robbed by two men in the general compartment of a Western Railway local between Borivli and Kandivli stations close to midnight on Monday. Neither of the accused were previously acquainted with each other. In a separate case at Bhayander on Tuesday, a 25-year-old woman was molested near the ticket counter around 3.30pm. Police nabbed offenders in both cases.
In the first case, the woman was travelling to her brother’s home in Kandivli. Around 11.45pm, she boarded a Churchgate-bound slow local from platform two at Borivli station. A male commuter was asleep on a seat of the general compartment. “Suddenly, a stranger boarded behind her and brandished a knife. The woman screamed for help and the commuter quickly woke up. He slapped the armed man and forced him to get off. He then assured the woman that he was like her brother and that she had nothing to fear,” said senior inspector Bhaskar Pawar, Borivli GRP.
The commuter who was asleep was later identified as Rahim Shaikh alias Guddu.
As the train was leaving the station, the armed man, Omprakash Dikshit, got back into the coach with Shaikh’s help. The woman was horrified as the two threatened her at knifepoint. Shaikh snatched her gold chain and cell phone. The duo also touched her inappropriately. Her ordeal lasted till the train pulled into Kandivli station.
Shaikh jumped off and fled with her valuables. Dikshit too tried to escape but as the woman raised an alarm policemen patrolling the platform caught him. Dikshit was taken to Borivli GRP chowky, where his knife was seized, and a case of molestation and robbery was registered against him and Shaikh.
Three teams of Borivli GRP and railway crime branch were formed to solve the case. They scrutinised surveillance footage from Kandivli. With leads from the footage, the teams combed through Kandivli and tracked down Shaikh.
The valuables are yet to be recovered from him.
“Shaikh has a criminal history. He had boarded the train at Malad and then slept off. Dikshit entered the same compartment at Borivli. They were not acquainted with each other but we suspect they teamed up on the spot. We also believe that they were under the influence of intoxicants,” detection officer Irfan Nadaf told TOI.
In the second case at Bhayander, police said that Tejas Trivedi had put his hand on the woman’s shoulder and groped her. Trivedi, who lives on a footpath at Borivli, was arrested.