Veteran actor Mukesh Rawal, best known for his role of Vibhishan in Ramanand Sagar’s mythological drama Ramayan found dead on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the 66-year old actor left his home to a dubbing session for a Gujarati film without his phone. He was run over by a train while crossing the line. The actor’s body was found on the tracks between Borivali and Kandivali railway stations in Mumbai. The Borivali Government Railway Police could not identify him as he hardly had any ID proofs.
The Kandivali station master informed the GRP officials about an accident on platform no. 3 at around 9:30 am. The actor was taken to Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead at 11:30 am. Deputy commissioner GRP Deepak Devraj told that they recorded the train’s motorman’s statement which knock down Mukesh Rawal. The motorman confirmed that when the train hit him, he was crossing the tracks.
Commissioner of Railway Police, Niket Kaushik told PTI, his body was found on Wednesday around 9:30 am. But he was identified only on Thursday by his kin when his family filed a missing complaint.
The commissioner said, “Initially, we could not find anything on the body to identify. Railway Police had issued his photographs at all police stations. His son-in-law came at the Kandivali railway station in search of Rawal, who had gone missing. The officials sent him to a hospital where he identified the body.”
After the autopsy, his body was handed over to his family members.
His brother Vijay said to TOI that Rawal left home on Tuesday around 8:30 am. First, he had to go to the bank, then complete a dubbing session and at night go to Ghatkopar to act in a Gujarati play. Vijay continued, “He had informed his family members that he wouldn’t return home if the dubbing session dragged for long and would instead rest at Ghatkopar after the play. Juggling such busy schedules is common for theatre actors.”
After Ramayan, he had acted several Gujarati films and TV serials. Recently, he was working on Gujarati TV serial Nass Nass Mei Khunnas.