A man who slipped while boarding a running train at Egmore station had a narrow escape after he was pulled to safety by a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel. The incident happened on Sunday, as the man, who remained unidentified, tried to board the Chennai Egmore- Dadar Superfast Express at the last minute. The video of the incident that was captured on the CCTV camera at the station shows the man holding onto the train railings even as he struggled to lift himself. RPF constable K Shanmugham who was nearby was quick to realize that the man was in danger of being caught between the platform and the train.
The only thought I had at the time was to save him somehow. Nowadays, a lot of people reach the station at the last moment. They should come at least half an hour or an hour before so that such incidents don’t happen.
And it could have been the last journey this man took if it was not for RPF constable K Shanmugham. For as soon as the man stepped onto the train, his hand slipped from the handle on the door, causing him to lose balance and fall. He hung precariously from the train, with his legs stuck in the narrow gap between the train’s floor and the train track, even as he tried to pull himself up.
But lucky for the man, constable Shanmugham saw the dangerous scene unfolding and ran to help him, without a regard for his own safety. For a few tense seconds, the man and Shanmugham struggled, with the latter attempting to pull the man’s lower torso free from under the moving train.
Fortunately, due to Shanmugham’s presence of mind and efforts, the man was finally pulled free.
Watch the video here:
Interestingly, the man whose life Shanmugham saved, recovered from the shock of the incident and boarded the same train which had to stop because of the incident. He has served for 11 years as RPF constable.
The RPF cop will be nominated for the annual bravery award for exhibiting the commendable presence of mind. He has served for 11 years as RPF constable.