Central Railway staffers likely to be Suspended in molestation attempt

MUMBAI: Three Central Railway (CR) employees, who were arrested for allegedly molesting a schoolteacher at Matunga station on Friday, may be suspended. “If we receive a report from the Government Railway Police, then the trio will be put under a deemed suspension..We are yet to receive the report,” said Atul Rane, CR’s chief PRO.

The senior inspector of Dadar GRP, Prakash Kirdutt, said the report had been dispatched to the divisional railway manager’s office on Saturday, but it had closed for the day. The accused-GD Patil (50), AV Pereira (56) and Girish Shroff (53)-are employed with railway workshops at Matunga and Parel. On Thursday, the victim boarded a local from Kalyan. At Matunga, she got off the train and was climbing the foot overbridge around 6.30am when the accused grabbed her hand and groped her. On Thursday, the victim was climbing an FOB at Matunga, around 6.30 am, when the accused grabbed her hand and groped her. They also taunted her about her dressing sense.

The traumatized woman narrated the incident to her husband. On Friday, her husband accompanied her to Matunga and confronted the accused. But far from apologizing, the trio dared the victim and her husband to lodge a complaint against them. The victim then dialled the GRP helpline and got them arrested.

“The victim told us that the trio had been keeping a watch on her for three days and passed lewd remarks at her,” said a police official.

Sources said the railway employees’ union tried to scuttle the matter, but the GRP persisted with lodging the complaint.