Recently a video of a Railways pointsman in India saving the life of a little boy by pushing him away from a speeding train went viral.
The pointsman was Mayur Shelke, who works with Central Railway at the Mumbai station. Shelke was hailed as a hero when surveillance camera of the Indian Railways captured him running towards a speeding train and rescuing a six-year old boy, who had fallen on the railway tracks. Shelke ran towards the boy and pushed him away from the train just seconds before the speeding train crossed the area where the boy had fallen.
Video footage showed the little boy accompanied with his visually-impaired mother, who carrying a heavy rucksack, walking on the platform of the Thane station. The boy stumbled, lost his balance, and then fell on the railway tracks.
#WATCH | Maharashtra: A pointsman in Mumbai Division, Mayur Shelkhe saves life of a child who lost his balance while walking at platform 2 of Vangani railway station & fell on railway tracks, while a train was moving in his direction. (17.04.2021)
(Video source: Central Railway) pic.twitter.com/6bVhTqZzJ4
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2021
The video of Shelke’s heroic act went viral and Shelke earned massive respect and appreciation from all quarters for risking his own life and saving that of another.
So amazed were the Railway officials with Shelke’s act that the Indian Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal, announced a reward of 50,000 rupees for him.
Hon’ble Minister Shri @PiyushGoyal announced an award of Rs 50000/- to Shri Mayur Shelke, Pointsman, Vangani Station for the act of bravery, courage & presence of mind on duty.
He saved a life of a child who accidentally fell on the track.
Congratulations to Shri M. Shelke pic.twitter.com/KOD78oZH9R
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 20, 2021
But, Shelke, being the hero that he is, announced that he would donate half of the reward amount towards the education of the child that he saved!
“I’ll give half of the amount, given to me as token of appreciation, for that child’s welfare & education. I came to know that his family isn’t financially strong. So I decided this,” Shelke told news agency ANI.
As the news of this selfless deed of Shelke spread, he was saluted, once more, for his spirit, exemplary courage, and magnanimity.
Doesn’t news like this reinforce your belief in humanity? What a wonderful man Mayur Shelke is! We can’t help but salute this man!
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