Railway official rescues child in Thane, earns reward


New Delhi, April 19

A Railway official from the Vangani railway station on Monday risked his life to rescue a child from being run over by a speeding train.

A 12-second video clip shows the child slipping from the platform and falling between the tracks on which the train was running at full tilt. The platform looked deserted and the child was making a desperate attempt in vain to get on to the platform. Mayur Shelke sprinted over 25 meters and lifted the child second before the train roared past them.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal lauded the valiant effort act. In a tweet, he said he spoke to Shelke and praised him. Shelke told Giyal that he only did his duty. “Very proud of Mayur Shelke, who has done exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life and saved a child’s life,” Goyal tweeted.— TNS



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