A 25-year-old man, who was hit by a stone in his right eye when he was travelling by train, is on the verge of losing his vision partially.
Pushpendra, who works as an assistant manager at a bank’s Worli branch, was returning home from work on Thursday evening. His friend was travelling with him and they boarded a 6.10 pm fast train from Dadar.
“I was standing near the door but wasn’t leaning out. Somewhere between Kanjur Marg and Bhandup, I saw five to six boys, aged between 10 and 15, near the tracks. The next thing I know, a stone had hit my right eye,” said Pushpendra, whose friends and a distant relative are caring for him in hospital because his immediate family is in Himachal Pradesh.
When the train stopped at Mulund, fellow commuters rushed Pushpendra to a local hospital. He was shifted to Wavikar Eye Institute, Thane, late that night.
“He has extensive sclero-corneal tear. We conducted preliminary suturing on Friday evening. But the injury is very extensive. He has fractures near the eyeball. He will require more surgeries but there is a possibility that he may lose vision in the right eye despite all the surgery,” said Dr. Vaishali Wavikar, joint director of the eye institute.
Pushpendra, who lives in Vrindavan Society, Thane, has filed a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Kurla and has also hired an advocate to fight his case.
“We have registered a case under the Indian Railways Act. We haven’t arrested anyone yet because the complainant didn’t see who hurled the stone at him,” said Senior Police Inspector D.R. Gore.
“But we are checking records of criminals with a history of similar acts. This is the first such incident in that area this year.”
Gore said there are slums near the tracks but there is a fencing too.
“Usually, men who stand near the tracks to steal mobile phones and other valuables often station themselves on the left side of the tracks,” Gore said. “The complainant was on the other side. So, he may or may not have been hit by someone. We are conducting investigations.”