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Jan 14 2018 (01:01)  Silly parents risk children’s lives, brave TC saves the day - Mumbai Mirror (
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Parents fail to board train after putting four kids, including one-year-old, in the CSMT-bound local from the wrong side; chief ticket inspector runs in, picks up the baby and alights just in time.
Kalyan station was the spot of some drama on January 6 as careless parents placed their children, including a one-year-old baby, on the train but failed to board it in time. Luckily, an alert ticket checker, who was watching the entire episode, managed to quickly jump on to the train, pick up the baby and alight, before anything untoward could happen.
incident happened at around 2.10 pm when a CSMT bound local stopped at platform 5 at Kalyan station. A middle-aged couple walking along the tracks put three of their four children, aged around 10, 7 and 3, in one of the compartments. When passengers started saying it was dangerous, and that the train would leave the station soon, they strangely put the youngest baby, just around a year-old, in the next compartment. As the train started to move, the mother then tried to board the same compartment, but failed to do so.
Hearing the hullaballoo, chief ticket inspector Umesh Thakur, whose office is near the compartment where the baby was placed, quickly jumped into the train, grabbed the child and alighted. The guard stopped the train in some time, and Thakur handed over the baby to the parents, who were still on the tracks. They then got into the compartment where they had kept the other kids, and continued their journey.
Recalling the incident, Thakur said, "From my office at Platform 5, I could see this couple placing their children in the train from the wrong side. I realised that the train would start moving soon, and therefore ran towards the coach where they kept the baby. As the train started pulling away, I heard the parents shout for help. I ran in, picked up the baby and jumped out of the train."
For his presence of mind, SK Jain, divisional railway manger of Central Railway, said that Thakur would be given a special award. CR's Ticket Checking Staff Welfare Association will also felicitate Thakur. "We feel very proud of Thakur. Very soon we are going to felicitate him," said Anil Garg, president of the Association.
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