MUMBAI: Serious crime on suburban trains, like murders and robberies, have spiked in the first four months of this year compared to the corresponding period of 2013, making daily commute on Mumbai’s lifeline a far more dangerous affair.
Murders on local trains have risen seven-fold between the first four months of 2013 and 2014. Seven cases of murder were recorded between January and April 2014. In the corresponding period last year, there was only a single case of murder. The number of robberies also rose by 7% over the previous year to account for 175 of the total number of crimes on suburban trains.
The figures are borne out by incidents on the ground that have happened after April. An engineering student, Tushar Jadhav (23), son of a sales tax officer, was found with stab injuries in the luggage compartment of a Trans-Harbour local on June 12. Apurva Medda (25) was attacked in a local train between Mira Road and Dahisar on June 6 on the forehead and robbed of her gold chain, bangles and anklets. More info