Mumbai: Woman lying near railway tracks survives ‘suicide’ bid at Badlapur station as train passes

A 35-year-old mentally challenge woman had a narrow escape after she attempted suicide by lying on the tracks at Badlapur railway station on Thursday. Even though an express train zoomed past her, she didn't suffer any injuries as she was lying on the stones between the two concrete blocks.

The Government railway police (GRP) of Kalyan contacted the relatives of the woman and handed her over to them on Thursday.

The police said on June 17, at 9:25 am, Udyan Express, train number 01301 stopped incidentally. The station master of Badlapur railway station made an announcement asking GRP and (Railway Police Force) to reach the station master office.

There they were instructed to find if the woman was safe. The spot was around 200 meters away from the railway platform i.e pole number 66/42 in-between Badlapur and Ambernath railway station. "The Udyan Express motorman who noticed the woman lying applied urgent brakes. But it was too late. The train stopped after the last bogie passed the woman. She was rescued and brought to the station master's office. We interrogated and contacted her family," said Shardul Walmik, senior police inspector, GRP, Kalyan.

The police said the woman was identified as Shruti Pramila Anil Shinde, 35, a resident of Malplaza society in Badlapur. "Our team reached her residence to inform her mother Parmila Anil Shinde, 59. Her mother claims she is mentally unstable and keeps leaving her house on different occasions," added Walmik confirming that she was reunited with her family.

The woman didn't have any complaint against her mother and was handed over to her mother safely. "I am thankful to the policemen who rescued her safely. My daughter is safe and is mentally unstable. She left home without informing anyone on Thursday morning," added Parmila, the survivor's mother.

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