A 10-year-old boy fell from the skywalk outside the Bandra railway station on Wednesday morning while playing with a group of friends. The skywalk has not yet officially opened for pedestrians.
The victim, Altaf Sheikh, is in coma and is at the intensive care unit of KEM Hospital. “Altaf was plucking leaves of a tree with his friends. As he was leaning from the railing, he lost his balance and fell around 11:45 am,” said Sub Inspector Suresh Patil adding that no case has been registered so far.
“We are trying to trace the boys who ran away after the accident,” added Patil.
The witnesses said Altaf first landed on the branch of a tree before hitting the ground. “I was at my stall when the accident took place. The boy fell inside the Western Railway premises behind the Yaadgar hotel,” said Shabbir Khan, a nimbu
pani vendor outside the station. The boy suffered internal head injuries.
“Ashraf (22), a hawker rushed him to the hospital,” he added.
The family and the neighbours learned about it after hearing an announcement at the mosque near the spot. The victim’s sister, Rukhsana (11) said he had left home to get leaves for feeding the goat.
“Around 2 pm, we heard the announcement. Altaf had gone to play with a group of 4-5 friends. The boys used to go there every day and the watchman had often shooed them from playing at the skywalk,” said Ashfaq, a family friend.
Altaf’s father, Babu Sheikh is a hawker of readymade garments at the SV Road in Bandra. “Doctors said if he doesn’t make any movements, if would be difficult to save him,” said Rahima Sheikh, the victim’s neighbour.
The MMRDA refuted claims that the boy fell from the skywalk. “Altaf jumped from the skywalk to an adjacent banyan tree to pluck leaves and lost balance and fell down,” said an MMRDA official. “Before any project safety of commuters is given utmost importance,” the official added.