Mumbai

Serial fatka thief caught in Bandra

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday caught a fatka thief at Bandra station. The accused, Aslam Mansur (17), had previously been arrested for the same crime. The incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Platform No. 3 at the southern end of the station, when the accused struck a woman standing at the footboard of a Churchgate-bound local and stole her phone worth ₹15,000.

“We had deployed two plainclothes staff who were on the lookout for fatka incidents. They caught the accused, who fled after committing the crime,” said Anup Shukla, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Mumbai), Western Railway. The RPF staff then chased the accused till the Bandra railway yard and nabbed him.

“Once we brought him to the RPF station we realised he had committed the same crime, that too on the same platform, in April,” Mr. Shukla said.

RPF officials said they had been informed by the local Government Railway Police that the accused had been sent to a remand home as he was a juvenile. Mr. Shukla said the number of fatka incidents were on the decline, but the RPF still caught around eight to 10 thieves every month.

In order to detect the crime, they have plain clothes officers at areas where the incidence of the crime is the highest, the Bandra Mahim stretch being one such area.

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