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Thane, June 11 : The heartless attitude of Northern Railway officials came to the fore last week when a girl lost her leg and her father suffered a knee fracture while chasing robbers on the Mumbai-bound Golden Temple Express near Ambala. The Mehta family had gone on a summer vacation to Amritsar and Kashmir, and were returning by Mumbai-bound Golden Temple Express, when robbers struck inside the sleeper compartment on the night of June 4. While most of the passengers were sleeping on their berths, a robber snatched Bhavika Mehta's purse. Bhavika screamed and ran after the robber who in turn held her hand and jumped from the running train. Bhavika's left leg came under the train's wheels and was dismembered. Meanwhile, her... Read more...
father, Kiran Mehta also ran after her and jumped from the running train to catch the rubber, fracturing his knee in the process. Brother Rahul also jumped from the train to assist his father and sister. Both father and sister lay near the rail tracks for nearly an hour, but no railway staff came to assist them. The next day, Rahul managed to hire an ambulance to take both of them all the way to Thane from where they were shifted to Raj Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai, where they are undergoing treatment. The family stays in Bhiwandi near Thane. Bhavika has done her M.Com. and was planning to pursue B.Ed. but she faces a dark future now. "My life is spoilt forever. I need a job. I want to do B.Ed, but I don't think I will now get a job", says Bhavika, who wants to become a teacher. Says father Kiran Mehta; "Railway officials at Ambala completely ignored my daughter's plight. They kept us lying near the rail track for nearly an hour. We had to hire an ambulance on our own to come to Mumbai. My daughter's leg is gone. Nobody from the railways has come to express sympathy. We need justice." Bhavika's brother Rahul Mehta says: "There were no policemen on the running train that night. This incident took place because of the Railway's negligence. Nobody helped us at Ambala. The attitude of railway officials at Ambala was, to say the least, inhuman."