On 23rd May, Monday about 11:45 pm RPF constable K Shivaji, another constable and sub-inspector S Subbiah were travelling on an MTRS train, from Velachery to Chennai Beach.

Screams from the adjacent women’s coach startled them. But, unfortunately, the train had started moving by that time and since the MTRS trains don’t have connecting coaches, Shivaji waited for the train to slow down. After the train halted at Park Town, without wasting a minute he jumped out and rushed towards the compartment from where the screams were coming. He found a woman there lying on the floor, unconscious and a man trying to assault her. He jumped to her rescue without a second thought and rescued the woman.

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The 25-year-old victim was lying unconscious on the floor of the train compartment. Her lips were bleeding and clothes were torn. After rescuing her they admitted her to the nearest Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital, where doctors confirmed that she is now in a stable condition.

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The victim had boarded the train at Velachery around 11.30pm. I along with two other policemen were checking all compartments when I spotted the victim reading a newspaper in a women’s compartment. I asked her to shift to the ladies compartment in the front, but she insisted on staying back. So I went patrolling. As the train left Chintadripet station, I heard screams,” said Shivaji to The New Indian Express.

The accused, identified as 26-year-old S Satyaraj, works as a private security guard. He was arrested by the Government Railway Police, taken to court and imprisoned.

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Pon Manickavel, GRP head, met the victim at the hospital. She was utterly grateful to Shivaji for rescuing her. “I have given a cash reward of Rs 5,000 (to K Shivaji) for the services of the RPF,” IGP Manickavel stated to Times Of India.

Salute to K Shivaji’s spirit. This act of kindness proved that there are people alive with a kind heart and humanity. Not all men are same.

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