Monday morning could have turned into a dark day for three school students and their families if it wasn’t for an alert motorman and railway personnel.
Three students of class eight, aged 12-13, left their school during the morning recess without informing their teachers.
Playfully, they left from Nagpada and unwittingly landed on the Byculla station tracks.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the CCTV footage caught the students on the slope at the beginning of platform number 1.
It shows how the first student lost his balance on the slope, while the second and third ran behind him and followed suit.
Little did they know that a train was approaching from behind.
It could have crushed the three, if the motorman and the railway personnel did not intervene.
Speaking about how the tragedy was averted, inspector Rakesh Kumar, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Byculla, told the publication, “Our personnel saw them when they were running up the platform. Luckily, the motorman had slowed down the train, giving them enough time to secure a safe footing. We brought them to our office, and called the school and their parents.”
The publication spoke to the father of one of the students, who also had a close shave with death. He explained how the three students had stepped out during the morning break at 9.20 am, intending to have a snack but found the school gate shut when they returned.
He added, “There is a railway compound nearby, and they were trying to make their way from the rear side but reached the station. A train was coming, but they were not paying attention. Their lives were saved because the train slowed down, otherwise, I don’t know what would have happened. We do not have any complaint against the school. The children were at fault, and we will counsel them.”
The incident came as a major eye-opener for the school authorities. They are now in talks to terminate the services of the security guard.
When approached, the class teacher added how she was alerted when she did not find three students in their seats.
“We searched the campus, even the toilets, thinking they could be hiding there. Later, we got a call from the railway police. They apparently went to the station to have a snack. One of the students said he had Rs 100 and invited the other two to join him. These students must have scaled the wall behind the school and reached the station through a slum pocket,” the principal told Mumbai Mirror.
Some of the students added how the low height of the compound wall and the slide next to it make it easy for students to jump out of the premises. Hopefully, this incident will cause the school to increase the height of the wall or have a security guard posted there.
Thanks to the alert motorman and personnel, three lives were saved!
We hope the school’s counselling session helps students understand the hazards of such incautious behaviour. Let’s also hope that schools located near railway stations take lessons from the incident and take necessary precautions to prevent such incidents!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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