GRP files FIR against Rly personnel in Monika More’s mishap

MUMBAI: The Government Railway Police (GRP) have registered an FIR against railway personnel responsible for digging and retaining the signal pit at a Ghatkopar platform. Collegian Monika More (16) fell into the pit on the platform and lost both her arms under a train on January 11, while trying to board the train.

On the directives of home minister R R Patil, the GRP at Kurla registered the complaint of Monika’s father Ashok More against people in the railway administration who dug up the pit on platform 2 at Ghatkopar station, and the official who ordered the digging work.

Patil had earlier asked police authorities to check if an FIR could be registered in the case. “A case of common intention and negligence causing grievous injury by the act endangering the lives or personal safety of others has been registered,” said a home ministry official.

“First, the GRP will conduct a probe into the existence of the pit, the reasons behind retaining it even after the signal work was completed and the people responsible for the job. Based on the investigations, action will be initiated,” said home department sources.

“Under sections 338 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, the guilty could be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend up to two years, or with a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000, or with both,” explained the sources.

Sources said the investigation might take a couple of months following which a chargesheet will be submitted to the court within 90 days.