This information was revealed through a Right to Information plea filed by social activist Samir Zaveri.
Mumbai: Seventeen persons lost their lives in separate incidents on the suburban network of Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway on Thursday, said the Government Railway Police (GRP). The Kalyan and Vasai railway police station area witnessed a maximum of three deaths each, GRP officials informed.
Senior police inspector of GRP Kalyan Dinkar Pingle said, “Of the three deaths that occurred in our jurisdiction, two were track deaths that took place at Asangaon and between Shahad and Kasara. The deceased were 35 and 45 years of age, respectively.”
He said that in the third mishap, the body of a 64-year-old man, identified as Madhusudhan Nene, was found near the ladies coach of a train at Kalyan.
Three deaths took place at WR’s Vasai station. Out of the three, a couple allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
Senior inspector V.M. Chowgule said, “The couple, in their mid-twenties and as yet unidentified, jumped in front of a speeding train at Nalasopara. In the third incident, a man fell off the train at Vasai and died.”
In 2017, 3,014 people died on the railway network of the Mumbai division of WR and CR. This information was revealed through a Right to Information plea filed by social activist Samir Zaveri.
Most of the deaths occurred due to people crossing tracks. Besides, a large part of the deaths also consisted of people falling off overcrowded local trains, slipping into the gap between the footboard and platform, as well as suicides.