Movement of suburban trains on the main line of Central Railway got delayed during the evening peak hour on Wednesday after a mentally challenged man climbed a signal pole at Thane railway station, officials said.
The man, later identified as Rampal Yadav, climbed a signal pole located between platform numbers one and two, forcing the authorities to switch off power supply, which had a cascading effect causing bunching of CSMT-Thane trains on tracks.
"Power supply was disconnected to save the man from getting electrocuted. Yadav was brought down in a joint rescue operation by fire brigade, RPF and GRP," said a senior Central Railway (CR) official.
The incident delayed the services on CSMT-Thane route for at least 15-20 minutes, inconveniencing lakhs of commuters from south and central Mumbai who were returning home from offices.