Mumbai: Woman found dead in train

MUMBAI: A 40-year-old homemaker from Gujarat was found murdered in the ladies coach of the Bhuj-Dadar Superfast Express after it arrived at the terminal on Friday afternoon. The police suspect robbery, probably between Borivli and Dadar, as a gold necklace she usually wore was missing, along with cash.

Deriya Devi Chaudhary, who lived in Surat with her husband, was headed to Mumbai to visit relatives. The police said she used to travel on her own every year by train. Her sister lives in , and brother in Navi Mumbai.

The ladies coach that she boarded had only 20 berths. “At Surat, when Chaudhary got in, there were around seven-eight travellers. All of them got off by Borivli, and Chaudhary was alone. We suspect the assailant boarded at Borivli and may have tried to snatch her valuables. She must have put up a fight as there were injuries on her arm,” said a police officer. Eventually, the assailant slit her throat and left her on the floor of the coach. He left behind her bag.

CCTV footage at Borivli, Dadar under cop scanner

The Bhuj-Dadar Superfast Express was to reach Dadar at 12.10 pm on Friday. While checking the coach, RPF found Chaudhary’s body on the floor between seats 11and 20. The body was caked in blood and her clothes were missing. A saree had been used to cover the body.

The phone number of her brother-in-law Ramesh Bholanath was found on some papers. The police called him and established her identity. It was also learnt that Chaudhary wasn’t carrying her mobile as it wasn’t working. “Chaudhary had called up her sister on Thursday as well as Friday before taking the train to talk about the trip. Her sister had offered to come to Dadar station to pick her up, but Chaudhary refused as she knew the city well,” said the cop.

“She travelled to Mumbai once or twice every year. She had never complained to us about anyone. All her relatives are in shock,” said Ramesh. Chaudhary worked in a garments store, and had three children: a son who is studying to be a doctor, a daughter who is in the last year of degree college, and another daughter doing HSC.

The police will now study CCTV footage at Borivli and Dadar stations to find out who entered and exited the coach. “Once her husband arrives in Mumbai, we will ask if any other valuables are missing,” said senior inspector S Dhiwar, Mumbai Central GRP. Chaudhary’s body has been sent for an autopsy and the report will clarify if sexual assault can be put out of the picture.
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