Delhi Police have registered a case against the driver of the Metro train that dragged a Metro usher from Rajiv Chowk to New Delhi station on Friday evening.
Satyendra Kumar Jaiswal (23), the usher, literally hung on to the train by his fingers after they got caught in the train’s closing doors.
Police said the driver would be arrested soon. He has been booked for ‘causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others’, at the Kashmere Gate Metro station. The police have sent a notice to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), asking them to furnish details of the driver.
DMRC managing director E. Sreedharan has ordered a high-level enquiry committee to probe the incident.
“We have got the closed circuit TV footage (of the incident) and are conducting a detailed enquiry,” DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said. “It appears the driver didn’t commit any mistake. It was peak hour and there were as many people on the platform as there were inside the train. The driver had no clear vision.”
When his ordeal ended at New Delhi station, Jaiswal was taken to Lok Nayak Hospital, where he was administered first aid and discharged. He is now recuperating at Ayushman Hospital, Dwarka.
“The station was extremely crowded. I don’t know when the train started moving,” recalled Jaiswal. “My right hand was stuck between the doors; I used all my energy to cling on to the train and was hanging in the air.”
Dayal said: “He (Jaiswal) was trying to help a woman get inside when someone pushed him and his fingers got stuck between the doors.”
Jaiswal is in deep pain after being dragged. “My right hand and leg hurt a lot. I saw death from up close. In those few minutes, I thought I wouldn’t survive the ordeal.”