An assistant sub-inspector of Railway Police Force (RPF) lost both his legs after he jumped off a running train to chase a bag snatcher at Odisha’s Khurda railway station, said JP Mishra, the chief public relations officer of East Coast Railway.
The incident occurred around 8.30pm on January 31 when Kishore Kumar Behera was returning on 18464 Prashanti Express to Khurda station, about 35 kms from capital Bhubaneswar, after the day’s work along with a group of his colleagues.
The personnel are associated with the RPF’s Crime Intelligence Branch that collects information on crime against railway property, passengers and other petty crimes in passenger areas.
After getting a tip-off about a vanity bag of a woman being snatched when the Prashanti Express was entering the station, Behera started running after the thief on the train. But the tragedy struck when the snatcher jumped off the train and a brave Behera followed him.
The thief fled the spot but Behera’s legs came under the wheels.
The 58-year-old was rushed to a local railway hospital by the station employees and his colleagues. When the condition deteriorated, Behera was taken to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, said Gagan Kumar Das, the crime inspector in-charge of RPF (Khurda).
“Both the legs of the patient have been amputated and he has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit,” said Dr Pritish of the AMRI Hospital, who is aware of the patient’s condition. “The patient is improving,” the doctor said.
“Both the legs of the patient have been amputated and he has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.”
Blood pressure of Behera, a resident of Ganjam district’s Chhatrapur area, fluctuates drastically after he finds that he doesn’t have his legs and can’t work to feed his family of four, said one of his colleagues attending him at the hospital.
The grief-stricken family is not willing to talk.
“The railways is providing medical treatment to Behera and a few department people are taking care of him at the hospital,” said Gagan Kumar Das, the crime inspector in-charge of RPF (Khurda).
“We will ensure Behera gets compensation as per the railways rules,” said Mishra.
Robberies and other criminal incidents are rampant on trains and at railway stations. But Das claimed the number of cases has dropped to 30 in January against 150/200 in the previous months thanks to massive crackdowns by his Crime Intelligence Branch where Behera was working.
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