Mumbai: Two teenage boys Ismail Shaikh and Mohammad Toufiq Shaikh from Kalwa, saved the life of a seven-year-old daughter of army official Upesh Rai. The girl, Saisha Rai, was about to jump off a moving train on Saturday, January 12, after her mother jumped off instantly because of the crowd, ending up falling on the platform.
It was then the two teens came to the girl’s rescue who seeing her mother started crying and planned to jump. RPF constable Babusha Ingole watched the goings-on from the platform and asked the co-passengers to pull the chain. The train later halted at the next station, Matunga. The Rais, in the meantime, had already approached Dadar GRP.
Speaking to TOI, Upesh said that they were currently the residents of Colaba’s Navy Nagar and that her wife and daughter had moved to Mumbai only recently and were quite unaccustomed to local train rides. Originally the Rais hail from Darjeeling.
On Saturday, the incident happened on their way 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 the fellow 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 said.
Senior inspector Prasad Pandhre, Dadar GRP said, “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.”
Saisha was amongst the lucky ones who got saved from an accident. As per a source, 3,014 commuters were killed on Mumbai railway tracks in 2017.