The convicts lived at railway platforms or footpaths outside Dadar station. Between 2 am and 4 am, the gang would soil railway seats, grab handles and the door passage in railway compartments with feces
कल्याण Kalyan (KYN): A railway magistrate court in Kalyan Friday convicted five men for soiling train compartments reserved for women and sentenced them to one-month imprisonment.
The five men, all of them allegedly drug addicts, have been identified as Chandan Kumar (19), Mohammad Saddam (24), Faizrul Hasan Firdul Hasan (20), Manish Shivraj Shrivastav (20) and Mahesh Kumar Rambabu (20). They were apprehended by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) around midnight on April 23.
During their interrogation, they allegedly confessed they would regularly gang up inside a toilet towards the south end of platform 3 and 4 at Dadar station and consume ganja or other drugs at night. Once under the influence, they would target compartments reserved for women, especially from CST, Sandhurst Road, Currey Road and Dadar stations.
Between 2 am and 4 am, the gang would soil railway seats, grab handles and the door passage in railway compartments with feces.
After their arrests, all five were booked under the Railways Act for nuisance, endangering safety of railway commuters, trespass and obstructing railway servants from duty.
“There have been cases in the past when drug addicts have thrown feces at commuters and security personnel to prevent them from taking action. Drug addicts are so dirty and smelly that passengers rarely attempt to remove them from the compartments. However, this emboldens them to board railway compartments,” said a senior RPF officer.
Following repeated complaints, a special RPF cleanliness squad from Karjat, Turbhe, Wadala and Thane stations was formed to catch the culprits.
According to RPF sources, a team of sub-inspector Subhash Thakur, head constable R M Rajput, constables Nitin Chauhan, Sachin Londhe and R K Yadav had been keeping an eye on the suspects for weeks.
At midnight on April 23, the five were caught soiling a second class compartment reserved for women commuters in a Karjat local between Dadar and Currey Road station.
“Whenever commuters spot drug addicts inside compartments, they should immediately inform the RPF helpline so that assistance can be provided at the earliest,” said Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner at RPF (Mumbai division), CR.
The convicts lived at railway platforms or footpaths outside Dadar station.