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RPF constable molests commuter, suspended

Brazen: A video grab of the RPF constable at Kalyan railway station on June 18.  

A constable with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) was suspended on Wednesday for allegedly molesting a commuter at Kalyan railway station on June 18.

According to officials, the accused, Rajesh Jangid, tried to take advantage of a woman sitting on a bench. Noticing this, a man sitting next to him slapped the constable, leading to more commuters confronting him. The episode was caught on camera and the clip went viral on Wednesday.

Sachin Bhalode, senior divisional security commissioner, Central Railway, said, “We became aware of the incident on Wednesday morning. The constable was questioned by his seniors and suspended.”

Mr. Bhalode said neither the victim nor witnesses filed a complaint, and the RPF took action once the video was brought to their notice. An inquiry has been initiated against Mr. Jangid who has been with the RPF for 11 years.

On the day of the incident, Mr. Jangid was off duty, and was given a minor penalty charge sheet as he had overshot his leave, Mr. Bhalode said. The victim was probably waiting for an outstation train.

Senior officials said given the prima facie evidence, the constable will likely be removed from service.

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