A railway employee in Mumbai Division of Central Railway, Mayur Shelkhe saved the life of a child who lost his balance while walking at the platform of Vangani railway station and fell on railway tracks, while a train was approaching in his direction on April 14.
In a CCTV footage, a blind woman is seen walking with her six-year-old son on platform no 2 when he accidentally slips and falls on the tracks. Seeing this, Shelke sprints on the railway tracks while a train was approaching fast, lifts him up and then jumps on to the platform, narrowly missing getting hit by a train.
The thrilling incident was over within five seconds and the speeding train passed the spot where the child had fallen in less than two seconds.
“The child was so small that he was unable to climb the platform. At the same time train no. 01302 Up (Udyan Express) was approaching on the same track speedily,” the Central Railway said in a release, adding that the woman on the platform was desperately shouting to save the child.
“Very proud of Mayur Shelke, Railwayman from the Vangani Railway Station in Mumbai who has done an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life & saved a child’s life,” tweeted Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
The minister personally spoke to Shelke for his courageous act to save the life of the child.
A large number of netizens have demanded an award for Shelke.