Mumbai: A Central Railway employee in the Indian state of Maharashtra has been heralded as a hero after he rescued a child who fell onto the railway track in the nick of time.
The incident, which took place on April 19, was recorded on CCTV cameras at Vangani Station's Central Railway in Thane and showed pointsman Mayur Shelke saving a six-year-old boy from an oncoming train.
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. pic.twitter.com/0lsHkt4v7M— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 19, 2021
The footage showed a blind woman carrying a heavy rucksack and walking with her child. The child suddenly stumbled over the edge and fell onto the tracks below as a train was moving in his direction.
On noticing the child, the alert pointsman raced towards him and pushed him onto the platform, after which he clambered onto it himself, barely escaping being crushed by the oncoming train.
"Very proud of Mayur Shelke, Railwayman from the Vangani Railway Station who has done an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life & saved a child`s life," Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.