A week back, we shared the story of teenagers Manjunath Narayan Reddy and Shashikumar Vinayak Naik, whose presence of mind averted a major train tragedy in Kumta, Karnataka. In a similar incident, two teenage boys Ismail Shaikh and Mohammad Toufiq Shaikh from Kalwa, Mumbai, saved the life of a seven-year-old girl who was about to jump off a moving train on Saturday, January 12, reported The Times Of India. The two youngsters were duly felicitated and awarded by the Government Railway Police (GRP), Mumbai.
She was about to follow her mother who jumped off
Saisha Rai, the little girl, is the daughter of army official Upesh Rai who hails from Darjeeling. She and her mother had moved to Mumbai only recently and were quite unaccustomed to local train rides. The Rais are residents of Colaba’s Navy Nagar at present.
On Saturday, the family decided to visit Matheran for a weekend vacation along with some visitors. They were supposed to board the train to Neral from Dadar station, but miscommunication with co-passengers led to confusion. “At Dadar, someone told us that the train to Neral would leave from platform number five. Later, we were directed to platform number four,” Upesh shared with The Times Of India.
At around 10:50 AM, when a train arrived at platform number four, it caused a crowded commotion, common with Mumbai local trains. Upesh’s wife Marina and daughter Saisha who were ahead of the crowd somehow managed to get on board, but the rest of the group, including Upesh, were left behind. As soon as the train started moving, Marina panicked and jumped off instantly, ending up falling on the platform. Little Saisha, who was still inside the coach, started to cry in fear and moved ahead to jump off like her mother. Ismail and Mohammad, who were returning from school in that train sensed danger at Saisha’s movement and immediately sprung to action. They grabbed her hands from both sides and held her back. Even when she struggled to free herself and leap off, they firmly held her steady like true guardians.
Babusha Ingole, one of the RPF constables travelling in Saisha’s coach, witnessed the incident and instantly alerted the commuters to pull the chain. Soon, the train stopped at the next station Matunga where passengers sought the help of the police.
An emotional reunion
Meanwhile, back in Dadar, Upesh saw his wife Marina fall from the train onto the platform. Worried about his daughter, he ran after the train. But, soon the train picked up speed and outran Upesh, who also tumbled on the platform. Later, the Dadar GRP intervened on request and helped reunite the anxious parents with her daughter, safe and sound. Amid a teary reunion, Saisha ran into her parents’ arms.
Prakash Pandhre, senior inspector of Dadar GRP, said, “As soon as Saisha got off the train, she and the two teens were brought to Dadar.” He added, “We felicitated the teens and instructed the Rais to be careful while boarding and alighting from trains in the future.”
Upesh Rai expressed his immense gratitude for the two teenagers and thanked them for saving his daughter’s life.
Efforts For Good applauds the courage and presence of mind shown by the young saviours.