Suspected sabotage: Gelatin factory under scanner

The Asian Age.  | arpika bhosale

Metros, Mumbai

What also emerged was that getting to all these spots was not easy.

Gangman Bodhade recreates the scene on Thursday morning.

Mumbai: Even as policing agencies continue to man the three spots on railway tracks in Navi Mumbai where a series of incidents of suspected sabotage occurred in the past three days, Government Railway Police (GRP) crime branch officials told The Asian Age that they were keeping tabs on people going in and out of a gelatin manufacturing company located barely 1km from the spot in Taloja where gelatin sticks were found on Thursday.

A GRP crime branch official who has been patrolling the tracks since the discovery of gelatin sticks on condition of anonymity said, “We have been working with ATS, NIA and Navi Mumbai police since Thursday. Early morning, we came across the factory and upon asking, were told by the workers that they made gelatin. We suspected the sticks were sourced from there. That’s when we realised that the mischief makers must have picked them up from there. We have been asking around and we know who all have been in and out of the factory for 48 hours before the incident. We are hopeful the case will soon be solved.”

This reporter paid a visit to all three spots where incidents of suspected sabotage occurred. Walking down the tracks between the two locations where the first and the last incident occurred, this reporter found out that the discovery of gelatin sticks on this line was particularly alarming, considering that this route saw trains in which the common man travelled. What also emerged was that getting to all these spots was not easy.  

A local, Anand Mhatre, 34, who works as a wage labourer told this newspaper, “Who will they kill if they detonate anything here? Look around – there is no public… I think someone is enjoying being written about in the newspapers and is taking the police for a ride.”