“ I ran towards the child but I also thought … ”: Railway worker who saved a 6-year-old child

CCTV footage of the incident at Platform 2 of Vangani Station, 90 km from Mumbai, on April 17, shows Mayur Shelke running on the tracks towards the boy even though a train was not only a few meters away.

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

POSTED APR 20, 2021 11:34 IST

Indian Railways staff, who retrieved a six-year-old from the tracks last week in Maharashtra, said on Tuesday they considered his own safety for a second before running to the boy to save him life. The incident happened at Vangani Station near Mumbai when the boy slipped from his mother’s hands and fell on the train tracks. They were walking near the edge of the platform.

CCTV footage of the incident at Platform 2 of Vangani Station, 90 km from Mumbai, on April 17, shows Mayur Shelke running on the tracks towards the boy even though a train was not only a few meters away. The video capture shows Shelke lifting the boy onto the platform in no time, then straightening up as the high-speed train approaches. “I ran towards the child but also thought I might be in danger too. Still, I thought I had to save him,” Shelke said, according to the ANI news agency. “The woman (with the child) was visually impaired. There was nothing she could do,” he added.

Shelke’s act of courage earned him applause from Central Railway rail staff as well as the boy’s mother. “The woman was very moved and thanked me very much,” Shelke told ANI.

The railroad staff also praised Shelke. “All the best, keep doing well. Hardly anyone could do what you did in saving the life of a 6-year-old,” an official said in a video released by ANI as officials and the staff applauded Shelke. . “There is nothing greater than saving lives,” the official also said.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal also called on Shelke to salute this courageous act. “Very proud of Mayur Shelke, a railway worker at Vangani Station in Mumbai who did an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life and saved the life of a child,” Goyal said on Twitter. In an official statement from the Ministry of Railways, Goyal also said that “Shelke’s work cannot be compared to any price or money, but he will be rewarded for inspiring humanity with his work.”

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