A day after a 23-year-old woman allegedly set herself afire on railway premises, a case of abetment to suicide was registered against the commercial inspector of Central Railway. This was after the woman’s family recorded its statement at MRA Marg police station.
The woman, Anita Patel, set herself ablaze in a urinal opposite the divisional railway manager’s office at CST.
“A case has been registered against William Kerry, but we are verifying facts and will inquire with other employees in the department concerned before taking action,” said deputy commissioner of police Ravindra Shisve.
Patel, a Dombivli resident, had applied for a centre under the railway’s Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva scheme in 2011. Her application was accepted by the railway in May this year and she had deposited Rs20,000 for it.
“She had bought equipment, a computer and printer but there was some technical problem in getting connection from BSNL,” said an officer. “She had been running around to get Internet connection but couldn’t. Frustrated, she had applied for a refund with the CR.
“Patel had met a few commercial managers and inspectors but wasn’t getting a proper reply.
Hence, she took the drastic step,” he said.
Patel’s father has said in his statement that one of the commercial inspectors had been harassing her. Patel had rented a shop for Rs4,500 a month in Dombivli to issue railway tickets.
“We will record the statements of Kerry and BSNL and CR officials before making any arrest in the case,” said senior inspector Ashok Jagdale.