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.