After two consecutive deaths due to electrocution on Central Railway this week, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) prosecuted three rooftop travellers and seven ‘stuntmen’ yesterday between Chunabhhati and CST.
Even as the drive was undertaken yesterday, another person, estimated to be in his mid-twenties, was electrocuted at Chunabhhati station while he was sitting on the roof of an Up train to CST around 10 a.m. The unidentified person was brought down from the local and taken to Sion Hospital, where he was recuperating till yesterday evening.
Confirming the drive, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Alok Bohra, said, “We have caught three roof top travellers and seven others who were seen attempting stunts while travelling in the train. The drive has been undertaken especially after repeated incidents of death during roof top travelling on Central Railway.”
The officer shared that those caught were in the age group of 20-30 and were not school or college students.
“They were seen dangerously leaning out of the train and kicking signal poles,” he added. The RPF has charged them with section 156 (travelling on roof of train) and 154 (endangering safety of persons travelling by railway by rash act) of the Railways Act.
The officer said the drive would continue on CR over the next few days.
Fatal rooftop incidents
- May 31: Irfan Gani Shaikh (35) died due to electrocu-tion at Chunabhhati
- May 29: An unidentified youth, estimated to be in mid-twenties, died due to electrocution at Dadar
- May 6: An unidentified youth, estimated to be in his mid-twenties, died due to electrocution at Wadala Road