Updated December 17th, 2023 at 14:23 IST
Ex-RPF Constable who killed four on moving train denied bail by Mumbai court
Dismissed Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable Chetansinh Chaudhary was denied bail by a court here on Saturday, citing his "well settled position and mind"
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Mumbai: Accused of shooting his senior colleague and three passengers on a moving train in July of this year, dismissed Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable Chetansinh Chaudhary was denied bail by a court here on Saturday, citing his "well settled position and mind" at the time of the crime.
Additional Sessions Judge AZ Khan of the Dindoshi Court denied his bail, citing the seriousness of the offense.
The court said that Chaudhary killed three members of a "particular community" in addition to his senior by designating them as specific targets.
The court rejected the accused's bail plea, stating that the accused's words demonstrated that “he was in a well settled position and mind to commit murder of people belonging to a specific community.”
During the hearing, Chaudhary, who is being held in a jail in Akola, Maharashtra, approximately 550 kilometers away, was present in the court.
The accused claimed in his bail plea, submitted last month through attorneys Amit Mishra and Pankaj Ghildiyal, that he has been experiencing "haunted illusions of the ghostly world" and has been acting strangely.
The police had refused to accept his plea, claiming that he had shown no remorse for the crime committed and seemed to have harbored "anger and grudge" towards a specific community.
The Government Railway Police (RPF), which is looking into the matter, stated that granting his bail could give the wrong impression of the law and instill fear, panic, and insecurity among some religious groups.
The victim Asgar Shaikh's wife, Umesa Khatoon, had also opposed Chaudhary's bail, claiming the accused is a "terrorist minded person" and "a threat to national security" through her advocates, Karim Pathan and Fazlurrahman Shaikh.
The advocates argued that there is a prima facie case of four brutal murders by the accused hatemonger that were seen by 39 eyewitnesses and were essentially seen by the whole country.
On July 31, in Maharashtra, the incident happened on board the moving Jaipur-Mumbai Central Express close to the Palghar railway station.
Using his automatic gun, he killed RPF Assistant Sub-Inspector Tika Ram Meena and another passenger in the B5 coach. After five in the morning, he shot and killed another passenger in a pantry car and another passenger in an S6 coach next to the pantry car.
Later, as Chaudhary (34) attempted to escape by pulling the train's chain to cause it to stop at Mira Road, he was apprehended with his weapon.
The police charged Chaudhary with a crime in October.
In addition to the relevant provisions of the Railways Act and the Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement Act, he has been charged under sections 302 (murder) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). (With inputs from PTI)
Published December 17th, 2023 at 14:23 IST