20-year-old dragged out of moving train by man trying to steal phone, dies on tracks

The police said on Saturday, Bilal accompanied, by two girls boarded a CSMT-bound train from Vashi to go to Haji Ali. (Representational)

A 20-YEAR-OLD man died after falling on the tracks near Reay Road station on Saturday when a man allegedly dragged him out of the coach of a moving train. Railway police has arrested the accused, who was allegedly attempting to snatch a cellphone from the friend of the deceased when the incident happened.

The deceased, Bilal Shaikh, is a resident of Koperkhairane. Police identified the accused as 26-year-old Aalam Shaikh.

The police said on Saturday, Bilal accompanied, by two girls boarded a CSMT-bound train from Vashi to go to Haji Ali.

“Near Reay Road station, he noticed the accused trying to snatch the phone from the hands of one of his friends. After catching him, Bilal wrested the phone away, but the accused grabbed his collar and dragged him out of the coach as the train started moving,” said an officer.

“While the accused managed to land on the platform after jumping, Bilal couldn’t and fell onto the tracks, where he died.”

“We arrested Aalam from Mumbra eight hours after the incident,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police P Bharat Patil.

Police said Aalam had earlier been arrested for snatching and petty theft at the Reay Road station. “Shaikh is a repeat offender and has recently served eight months behind bars,” Patil said. The accused was sent to police custody till November 13.