Two die in sep­a­rate train ac­ci­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: Two per­sons died fall­ing off mov­ing trains in two sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents on Tues­day. While the sec­ond vic­tim has been iden­ti­fied by the GRP of­fi­cials, the first one has not yet been iden­ti­fied.

In the first in­ci­dent, the vic­tim aged be­tween 45 and 50 fell off the train be­tween San­pada and Vashi rail­way sta­tions around 4 pm.

He suf­fered se­vere in­juries and he died on the spot.

In t he sec­ond i nci­dent, San­deep Potkode, 30, a res­i­dent of Thane, fell from the train be­tween Ra­bale and Airoli sta­tions around 5.10pm.

He was re­turn­ing home af­ter at­tend­ing a wed­ding at Pan­vel.

“Potkode was mar­ried and fa­ther of two daugh­ters. We in­formed his fam­ily about the ac­ci­dent and called them Vashi. The body was later handed over to them af­ter post mortem was con­ducted in Vashi hospi­tal. We have reg­is­tered ac­ci­den­tal cases for both the in­ci­dents,” Ut­tam Mar­bal, as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor of Vashi GRP.

Ac­cord­ing to the rail­way sources, as many as 252 peo­ple died in the satel­lite city while cross­ing rail­way tracks or fall­ing off mov­ing trains in 2015. This num­ber was 205 in 2014.

“De­spite get­ting space in­side a com­part­ment, many peo­ple travel stand­ing on the foot­board, which is risky. Many of them try to jump into a com­part­ment af­ter the train starts leav­ing the plat­form. This is also one of the rea­sons why so many peo­ple die fall­ing of trains in the city,” said a se­nior rail­way po­lice.

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