CR Motorman jumps Signal at Bandra station, ‘flees’

बांद्रा Bandra (BA): A motorman with Central Railway jumped the signal as the train was pulling into Bandra station on Thursday evening. On realizing that he had violated safety rules, motorman J G Jagurkar “escaped” from the station and got himself admitted to Sion hospital, said sources.

Jagukar, who jumped the signal by one coach, has been placed under immediate suspension. The incident, which took place around 5.45pm, affected services for few minutes on the CST-Bandra stretch. “There was no major problem, but we had to curtail a couple of services,” said a CR official.

Another official said, “It is surprising that the incident took place at Bandra station as the service was to terminate there and then travel in the Up direction to CST.”

Usually when a motorman jumps the signal, the train is automatically brought to halt by the auxiliary warning system. “Jumping a signal is categorized as signal passed at danger case. Such incidents are taken very seriously as commuters’ safety is in danger,” said the official.

The standard procedure for an signal passed at danger case is to de-train the motorman and conduct his blood test to ascertain whether or not he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The CR official said, “In this case, it is not possible to know the exact cause for this lapse. Jagurkar got himself admitted to Sion hospital after undergoing stress due to fear of repercussion.”

While this was the first signal-jumping incident on CR this year, there have been two such cases on WR—on February 12 and April 30—at Andheri station.