A week after an American woman was attacked with a blade on a local train between Marine Lines and Charni Road, the railway police on Monday said they have arrested the attacker.
The police said they picked up a habitual drug addict, Rajkumar Tiwari, 31, near CST on Sunday evening. Tiwari has been sent to police custody till August 30.
Deputy commissioner BN Shirsat of the railway police (western zone) said that apart from confessing to his crime, Tiwari also had injuries on his body which he sustained while alighting from the running train at Charni Road station after attacking the lady.
Shirsat said Tiwari claimed he had injured the lady with a blade as she had resisted his attempt to snatch her cellphone. “He claims to have sold the cellphone for Rs300 to a woman named Belu who sells him drugs. We are interrogating this woman to recover the phone,” said Shirsat.
The police will, in a few days, bring the accused face to face with the woman. Shirsat said the American has sought some time to get over the mental trauma of the attack.
Tiwari, who has seven cases of cellphone theft against him, had also been externed from the city twice, said the police.
“He is heavily dependent on drugs and resorts to crime when he runs out of money for drugs,” said a police officer.
“This is the worst kind of enemy the railway police have,” said a senior police officer.
“People like Tiwari with no moorings or family can disappear in heavily crowded places, like railway stations, and then resurface to attack the next hapless victim. Police cases, arrests and even externment are unable to create any terror in such people,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, the railway police have got a posse of 200 home guards to patrol ladies’ compartments. Shirsat said that a home guard will be placed in the middle ladies’ compartment and will be armed with a mobile and whistle to keep in touch with two railway police constables guarding the front and rear ladies’ compartments on the same train.