Mumbai : The guard of a Borivali-bound train was attacked by a group of hooligans after he reported them to the railway cops.

The guard, Rakesh Sanket (41), of the down local called up the control room to tell them about the hooliganism a group of boys travelling in the coach next to the last ladies coach. There performing stunts and also threw stones and bottles on commuters at the platform.  “The women commuters were so scared to travel in the ladies compartment next to their coaches. They came over to me and asked me to do something about the boys.”  The boys were leaning outside the door of the train and touching each pole as the train passed by them. After the control room was informed, railway cops detained two of the boys at Mahim station.

After the train reached Kandivali station, four boys got down from the train and approached the guard. As the train was leaving Kandivali station two of the boys with sticks and chains hidden in their hands attacked the guard. They went towards the guard’s cabin which was to the end of the train. And, as the train was leaving Kandivali station they attacked him with the stick on his head and a chain.

The injured guard said, “I halted the train for around 10 minutes as everything completely blacked out in front of me.” The train was then taken to Borivali where the guard was given first aid.

Chief PRO of Western Railway, Sharat Chandrayan said, “The guard was very brave and completed the journey back to Churchgate before he was taken to the hospital. We will coordinate with the GRP and ask them to look in the case.”

A motormen from western railway said, “Such hooligans are rampant on early hours on Tuesdays. Most of these hooligans are boys returning after a visit to Siddhivanayak Temple in the morning.”

Rajendra Trivedi, Senior Police Inspector of Mumbai Central GRP said, “We have been carrying out drives especially on Tuesday and arrested eight juveniles today.” Most of those arrested are from poor backgrounds.

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