A Cop Die While Saving an Injured Man on Railway Track - Local Train

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Out to save a life, a railway police constable died when he was hit by a train on the tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle stations. The injured man whom constable SV Patil (57) was looking for late on Monday was found by another team, but he, too, was declared dead on being taken to a hospital. Patil, who lived in Dombivli with his two engineer sons and other family members, was on night duty at the Government Railway Police (GRP) station at Andheri when the Vile Parle station master received information that a person was lying injured on the railway tracks nearby, possibly after having fallen from a train. As the spot was closer to Andheri, Patil and others were asked to start the rescue operation.

Around 10 pm, the Andheri station master, four labourers and Patil set out on foot along the tracks to look for the injured person, later identified as Sagar Kadam (28) of Andheri (east). As they neared the spot where Kadam lay, Patil was hit by a Virar-bound fast train. Soon, a rescue team from Vile Parle station also reached the accident spot. Kadam was taken to a hospital by the Vile Parle team and Patil by the Andheri team. Several GRP constables, who requested anonymity, said such rescue missions put them in extremely unsafe situations as most of the times they were without a torch in the dark.

“The railway authorities should switch the signal to yellow at sites where such incidents are reported after sunset,“ a GRP constable said. “If the trains are slow, the motorman will be able to apply emergency brakes in case he spots somebody who has come too close to the tracks while searching for injured persons.“ A police official said that whatever the time of the day or weather conditions, a policeman had to respond to calls about injured people lying near tracks or any suspicious activity.

“In the line of duty, we have to take this risk in our stride,“ the police official said.

DCP Dipak Devraj called Patil's death tragic. “Patil died after being hit by a train at a time when he was on duty to look for the injured,“ he said.

News Courtesy: The Times of India



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