Mumbai, (The Hindu): A senior journalist was allegedly attacked by commuters following an argument in a local train on Wednesday.
Sudhir Shukla boarded a Churchgate-bound fast local from Mira Road around 7 a.m. The quarrel started as commuters were not allowing Mr. Shukla to enter. According to the journalist, a person behind him pushed him inside, and a group of around 15 passengers started abusing both of them. “I had heard of such incidents occurring, but did not think it would escalate to such an extent,” Mr. Shukla said.
He moved away from the crowd and attempted to click photographs of the group abusing the other man, with an intention to lodge a complaint. However, four people from the group saw him clicking the photo and snatched his phone. “When I refused to tell them the password, they started hitting me. They started pushing me towards the door, and stopped only after they saw blood,”he said.
He said four to five people were involved in the actual assault, which occurred after Borivali. His chain also went missing. Mr. Shukla got down at Andheri station. “The group was initially not willing to give my phone back, but then returned it, afraid that I would file a theft case.” Mr. Shukla lodged a complaint with the Andheri Government Railway Police (GRP) before going to hospital, where he received three stitches on his forehead.
The Andheri GRP is investigating the incident and have lodged an FIR against unknown persons. “It seems that that the individuals were regular commuters, and efforts are on to identify them,” Purushottam Karad, DCP, Western Railway, said.
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