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Blind man 'pushed' out of running train.

November 19, 2005.
Mid Day News.

The president of the Blind Men’s Association was allegedly pushed out of a running train on November 5.

The victim, Dinkar Bhonsale died as a result of his injuries. But Bhonsale’s family says he was killed as a result of political rivalry as he was standing for election for the post of president of the National Federation for Blind in February 2006.

“On November 3, my husband along with two other friends, Anil Wafkar and Eknath Sawant went to Sangli to watch a chess competition,” said Rajshri, the victim’s wife.

According to Rajshri, Dinkar called her on November 5 and said he would be coming home the next day and asked her to pick him up at Ghatkopar station at 10 am. “I called him at 9.30 am on his mobile and Wafkar said Bhonsale was lost and they were searching for him,” she said.

“In the evening Sawant told me there was some misunderstanding and that my husband went missing after Karjat station,” she said.

Subsequently Rajshri lodged a missing persons complaint with the Dadar and Karjat railway police and searched all the hospitals in the vicinity. She also wrote to the Railway Commissioner Suresh Khopde alleging foul play.

“There were inconsistencies in the versions of Wafkar and Sawant, which raised my suspicion. So I wrote to the commissioner to probe the matter,” she said.

The railway police finally discovered the decomposed body of Bhonsale between Karjat and Bhivpuri stations on the Central Railway on November 16.

“The body has been handed over to the family and we are probing the foul play claim,” said a senior official from Karjat police station. He added that the statements of Wafkar and Sawant have been recorded and if required they would be further questioned.

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