Man jumps off lo­cal to nab phone thief, lands in ICU

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ge­orge Men­donca

Navi Mum­bai: A 38-year-old man, who works as an restau­rant man­ager in Bhandup, was se­verely in­jured af­ter he jumped off a run­ning train while chas­ing a rob­ber who snatched his phone on the train on Novem­ber 2. The man, Sachin­dra Ku­mar, a Kamothe res­i­dent, is in the ICU of Apollo hos­pi­tal at Be­la­pur.

Ku­mar’s si­b­ling, Ga­jen­dra (33), said, “Pan­vel rail­way cops gave wrong in­for­ma­tion about how my brother got in­jured. They said he fell while alight­ing from the train as he might have been sleepy. But CCTV footage at Be­la­pur plat­form re­vealed the fact.”

Pan­vel rail­way po­lice se­nior in­spec­tor Ra­jesh Bab­shetty said, “Ku­mar was in a sec­ond-class com­part­ment, watch­ing a movie on his mo­bile. Around 1.30 am, as the train left Be­la­pur, a man in the com­part­ment snatched his mo­bile and jumped from the slow mov­ing trainand fell on the plat­form. Ku­mar chased the rob­ber and jumped off. The train had picked up speed and Ku­mar fell on the plat­form and banged his head. The rob­ber got up and fled, but Ku­mar fell un­con­scious due to head in­jury. As he was ly­ing close to the gap be­tween the train and plat­form, an on-duty home guard rushed to­wards him and pulled him to safety. The home guard gave pri­or­ity to save Ku­mar rather than chas­ing the rob­ber, who had es­caped.”

Bab­shet­ty­said that a fel­low com­muter, who lives in Kharghar, de­posited the vic­tim’s bag at Kharghar sta­tion. We con­tacted his wife from the ad­dress in his hand­bag. Doc­tors said he has suf­fered oc­cip­i­tal in­jury.

PSI Si­taram Mali said that the eye­wit­ness com­muter said that the rob­ber got into the com­part­ment at San­pada. “We are scan­ning CCTV footage to find out where he got into the train to get some leads.”

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