IMAMUDDIN SHAH, son of actors Naseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah, fell from a local train on Thursday morning, suffering injuries to his head, arms and legs.
The incident occurred around 8.50 am, when Imamuddin fell on the tracks between Mahalaxmi and Mumbai Central stations. He was on his way to St Xavier’s College, where he is a student.
The railway police rushed the 22-year-old to Nair hospital, where they were told that he had suffered multiple fractures on his arms and legs. “The police realised who he was after they called the number listed as ‘Home’ in his cellphone,” said Jayraj Patil, Naseeruddin’s secretary.
Shortly afterwards, Naseeruddin arrived at the hospital and, after completing the necessary paperwork, shifted his son to Hinduja Hospital at Mahim. Imamuddin is currently in the Intensive Care Unit, having undergone minor surgery.
According to Imamuddin’s family, he is responding well to treatment. “Currently, he is in the ICU and out of danger. There is nothing to worry about; we will be given information about his health only tomorrow morning,” his half-sister Heeba told Hindustan Times.
Imamuddin’s family could not be contacted later as they had switched off their cellphones.
However, Patil said: “The entire family is very thankful to the doctors of Nair hospital and the railway police for informing us and taking him to the hospital.” Imamuddin has appeared in sev eral advertisements, plays and, recently in his father’s film, Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota.
Meanwhile, the incident is a startling reminder of the many lives lost in such incidents. According to official figures, 3,395 commuters died on the city’s railway tracks between January and October.
That’s almost double the num ber of 11/7 deaths — every month.
These fatalities are either due to falling from trains, slipping be tween the platform and the loco motive or crossing the tracks.
Meanwhile, this year, the num ber of such fatalities has risen sig nificantly over last year.
About 2,500 people died on the tracks last year. This year, though, that figure is already 3,395.