Mumbai: GRP will probe why cancer patient was thrown out of waiting room at CSMT

Mumbai: Rail authorities have ordered an inquiry into the station staff’s bad behaviour, two years after a cancer patient was forcibly removed from a waiting a room at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and was dumped on a platform.

Anjali Halder was waiting for her son in the waiting room, with a valid ticket. Her son had gone to Tata Memorial Hospital to complete formalities as she could be admitted there. Before leaving for the hospital, he had told everyone at the waiting room that his mother is very sick and should not be moved around. In spite of that, two female attendants assumed Halder is vagabond and took her out of the waiting room and dumped her on the platform. A policeman who was busy on his phone, made a gentle inquiry before walking off.

Halder died 7 days later after the incident. Her son Surjit, a 30-year-old engineer believes that his mother’s condition worsened because she was moved around and was forced to exert herself. The incident took place on November 10, 2015, the day Halder and her son arrived in Mumbai from Howrah to start her treatment. Halder had stage III liver cancer and could not move without assistance.

Surjit has been trying to get some sort of justice from officials since that day. “I am not angling for some compensation. The way my mother was treated by the station staff, it was shocking. I want the staff to be held accountable so that no one else goes through this ordeal,” he said to Mumbai Mirror. Surjit had written to Prime Minister’s Office on June 5, 2017. The PMO directed the railway police to look into it. He also sent an appeal to CM Devendra Fadnavis.

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