Two teenagers congratulations for stopping the girl from jumping off the train
MUMBAI: Two quick-thinking teens who pulled back an armyman’s
seven-year-old child to safety as she was contemplating jumping off
a running local at Dadar station behind her mother, were felicitated by the
government railway police (GRP) on Saturday.
The girl, Saisha Rai, and her mother, Marina, had boarded a general coach while the rest of their family was left behind on the platform. Marina jumped off the train as it started moving and a terrified Saisha planned to follow suit.
Saisha is the daughter of armyman Upesh Rai lives with her family at Colaba’s Navy Nagar. The family hails from Darjeeling.
The Rais, who had visitors from their hometown, had decided to head to Matheran for a short vacation over the weekend. They left from Colaba on Saturday morning. “There were five to six of us, including our friends. We wanted to go to Neral station. At Dadar, someone told us that the train to Neral would leave from platform number five. Later, we were directed to platform number four,” said Upesh. As a down train arrived at platform four around 10.50am, passengers began to get in. While Marina and Saisha boarded the general coach, Upesh and their friends could not.
As the train began to pull out of the station, Marina jumped out. “My wife and daughter are new to the city and not well-versed with train travel. When Marina saw that the rest of us hadn’t got in, she panicked but she did not keep the speed of the train in mind when she jumped. As I saw her fall on the platform, I started to run after the train because my daughter was now alone inside. But the train gathered speed and I too fell on the platform,” said Upesh,
Meanwhile, Saisha started to cry inside the coach and moved towards the door to follow her mother. That was when two schoolgoers, Ismail Shaikh and Mohammad Toufiq Shaikh, anticipated her intention to jump off and firmly held her back. They did let go of her even though she tried. “Both the boys are from Kalwa and were heading back from school. They were dressed in their uniforms and were carrying their bags,” said a police officer. RPF constable Babusha Ingole watched the goings-on from the platform and yelled to co-commuters in Saisha’s coach to pull the alarm chain. The train halted at Matunga station where passengers summoned the police.
The Rais, in the meantime, had already approached Dadar GRP. “We made calls to our counterparts at Matunga and Kurla. As soon as Saisha got off the train, she and the two teens were brought to Dadar. Watching Saisha run into her parents’ arms was an emotional moment for us. We felicitated the teens and instructed the Rais to be careful while boarding and alighting from trains in the future,” said senior inspector Prasad Pandhre, Dadar GRP.
The Rais continued their journey and went to Matheran. “My wife is a little sore from the fall. We will take her to a doctor on Sunday,” said Upesh. “But my daughter is safe and I’m thankful to the two teens for it.”