On Sunday evening, Jagbir Singh Rana, a 51-year-old constable of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) went beyond the call of duty to save the lives of a couple and three children.
Facts As Known
At around 9:00 pm, Constable Rana was patrolling the tracks between Adarsh Nagar and Aazadpur railway stations in New Delhi when he saw a couple arguing on a parallel track. At the same time, he noticed the Hoshiarpur Express approaching the couple, who were oblivious to the situation.
Constable Rana rushed towards the couple and succeeded in pushing them away from the approaching train. He also managed to step away just in time.
In the meantime, three children, who had come to dump garbage, were standing on another parallel track. Just as he became aware of their presence, he saw the Kalka Shatabdi approaching.
He shouted at the kids to move to safety, and they complied and stepped off the tracks. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so himself and was hit by the train.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, an unnamed RPF officer said, “As told by witnesses and residents, when he reached signal number seven, he saw a couple arguing on the tracks. Rana spotted a Hoshiarpur Express train approaching the couple. Those who witnessed the incident said Rana ran towards the couple and alerted them. He pushed the man and the woman out of the train’s way and also stepped away from the track.
Meanwhile, three children from the neighbourhood, who had come to dump garbage near the tracks, were standing on another parallel track and were watching the couple fight. Suddenly, Rana heard a train blow its horn and realised that another train was approaching him and the kids. He shouted at the kids to move away. They managed to step off the tracks but Rana, even as he jumped away, was hit by the train.”
Rana is survived by his wife and two sons. While his family is understandably in shock, they have chosen to donate his eyes before taking the body to their village for the last rites.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Rana’s son Rohit, said, “My father worked day and night patrolling the railway tracks. The RPF and Northern Railways officials gave him utmost respect during his funeral. We donated his eyes as [they] will help another person.”
Rana’s service history
Rana had joined RPF in July 1989 and won the meritorious services award twice (2008,2009) in his 29 years of service. “His name will be sent to the President for the bravery award (posthumously),” said Director General RPF Arun Kumar to Hindustan Times.
We, at The Better India, salute this brave officer.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)