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Off-duty Police saves woman trapped in train-platform gap
A traffic police not only rescued a girl trapped between the train and platform at Thane station, but also helped to move her to nearest hospital
 
On 22 March 2015, RB Kawale, an off-duty traffic constable, saved a young girl trapped in the train-platform gap at Thane station, according to a report in Times of India
 
The accident occurred when the girl tried to get off from the Hyderabad-Mumbai Express train, which doesn't have a halt at Thane. 
 
The incident took place in the afternoon. According to the newspaper, the passengers on the train were alert and pulled the chain as soon as they witnessed what had happened. However, Kawale, who is attached to Thane's Naupada unit, spotted the girl and immediately rushed to her rescue. After he pulled her out, she was then taken to the Thane civil hospital in Kalwa, and later shifted to JJ Hospital. The victim was a resident of Vikhroli and was on her way back from Pune. She has suffered serious injuries on her right hand and forehead. 
 
Kawale has said that was off-duty and on his way to Mumbai when he spotted the girl. Realising that there was no way she could have come out of the gap on her own, he went ahead and pulled her out. 
 
Central Railway public relation officer (PRO) AK Singh has said that the police will “examine the accident” and look into why she tried to alight the train at Thane. 
 
Several such accidents are reported every year, and not everyone is lucky enough to find help at the right time. While is it imperative that the Railways take efforts to prevent such accidents, passengers must also be careful and avoid getting off from moving trains. 
 

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Police prevents dacoity, nab suspect near Daund
Despite being attacked by dacoits with sharp weapons, GRP constable Swapnil Shinde did not let one of the dacoits to get away
 
In the early hours of 18 March 2015, Swapnil Shinde, a constable of the Government Railway Police (GRP), and his colleagues displayed heroic bravery as they nabbed a dacoit at the Malthan railway station near Daund. Though the group of seven to eight dacoits viciously attacked them, they managed to avoid them from robbing passengers travelling by the Mumbai-Solapur Express and also nab one of the dacoits - Babu Kale of Daund. Malthan, an area already infamous for railway dacoities and robberies, is located between Daund and Kurduwadi stations. 
 
The events of the day were detailed to the Times of India by Superintendent of Police (Railways) Vishwa Pansare. Swapnil Shinde was patrolling platform number one when he spotted a man (later identified as Babu Kale) crossing over from platform number 2 to number 1 through the gap between coaches. Shinde found that fishy and caught Kale, who then pulled out a sharp weapon and stabbed Kale in the stomach. He continued to attack him with the weapon, and was also joined by his accomplices. However, Shinde held his grip on Kale. Constables Yogesh Jagtap and Sanjay Pachpute, who were patrolling on platform number two rushed to the spot and tried to help their colleague. However, the dacoits attacked them too with weapons and stones. When the dacoits felt that things might be getting out of hand, they ran. Jagtap and Pachpute chased them, but the men managed to escape. Kale, however, could not escape Shinde's grip and was later handed over to the GRP in Daund. Shinde told the newspaper said that though he was carrying a rifle, he was unable to open fire as he did not anticipate such an attack on him and his colleagues.
 
Three police teams have been deployed to search for the rest of the dacoits, while the Additional Director General of Police, Sanjay Barve of the Maharashtra Railway Police has announced a reward for the cops for their brave effort. The case is being investigated by Assistant Inspector Vasant Shete, in-charge of GRP, Daund, and he has said that a magisterial court has sent the suspect Babu Kale in police custody remand till 23rd March. 
 
Though the cops suffered serious injuries, especially Shinde who was stabbed multiple times, they are out of danger and their condition is stable at present. 

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Passenger jet with 148 on board crashes in France
An Airbus A320 of a German low-cost airline with 148 people on board crashed on Tuesday in southern France while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, media reports said.
 
The aircraft, belonging to Germanwings, crashed around 11 a.m. in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France, Xinhua reported citing BFMTV. 
 
The ill-fated passenger jet was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members when the tragedy occurred.
 
Germanwings is the low-cost subsidiary of Germany's Lufthansa Airlines, Europe's largest carrier.

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