“Both the motormen are heroes. Had Mr. Naik not spotted the iron rods, Mr. Shukla would never have known and the crisis would never have been averted.”
Anurag Shukla and M B Naik are two motormen from Mumbai. On December 4, both of them became real-life heroes when they acted quickly and helped avert a potentially dangerous accident near the Masjid Bunder Railway Station in Mumbai.
The two motormen of the Central Railway detected three iron rods lying on the tracks between Masjid and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and removed them, thus averting an accident. Their alertness has been winning them appreciation and accolades from all quarters.
Naik, who was moving towards Panvel from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus saw the iron rods lying on the tracks.
He alerted the train, which was being manned by Anurag by turning on his flashlight and applying the emergency brakes.
Both the motormen then got off their trains and removed the iron rods.
They detected the three rods between the stations at 7 am. Naik was driving a train in the down line from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), when the two motormen saw the rods. “Naik and Shukla detected the rods when their train approached CSMT station. If the train would have hit the rods, it could have led to serious disruption of services. Shukla later deposited the rods at the station office,” a Central Railway official said, as reported in The Indian Express.
“Both the motormen are heroes. Had Mr. Naik not spotted the iron rods, Mr. Shukla would never have known and the crisis would never have been averted,” A.K Jain, senior public relations officer, Central Railway, said to The Hindu.
While no amount can do justice to the alertness and swift action that these two men has shown, the Central Railways has awarded each of then a cash prize of ₹1,000 and a certificate of appreciation for their prompt and efficient actions during their time of duty was also awarded to them.
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