The guard of a Central Railway local train was allegedly assaulted by a commuter late on Friday night.
According to officials, guard B Chetan, who was working a slow local to Thane, was punched by a passenger at Kalwa station. The incident happened around 11.20pm. Officials said Chetan, after reaching Thane station, informed Railway Protection Force assistant sub-inspector S Pawar who was on bandobast duty there at that time.
A small team of RPF personnel then fanned out at Thane station to spot the assaulter as described by Chetan. The RPF personnel caught a man matching the description, who had just alighted from the train that had reached Thane station around 11.30pm. The man, Mafhooz Alam, 18, a Mumbra resident, allegedly confessed to hitting Chetan. He was part of a group of people moving about at night celebrating Badi Raat, said RPF officials.
Incidents of vandalism and mischief on suburban trains and platforms tend to increase during such days, said officials. Alam was later handed over to the Thane railway police in the wee hours of Saturday for further action.