Sameer Jamdade boarded a Mumbai-Bhusawal train at Dadar on Tuesday thinking he and his family would reach home early because after Dadar, the train stopped directly at Thane and then at Kalyan, where he lives.
Instead, he ended up outside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sion hospital as his four-year-old daughter, Sadhana, fought for her life.
The Jamdades had come to Mumbai to visit Chaityabhoomi at Shivaji Park and pay homage to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 54th death anniversary on Monday.
They boarded the train early on Tuesday morning. Chhotu Sharma, a co-passenger, came up to them and insisted that he wanted the seat Jamdade had taken. The duo started arguing. “Had I known that the man was a maniac, I would have given him the seat instead of putting my daughter’s life in danger,” Jamdade, a labourer, later said.
The argument turned violent and Sharma snatched Sadhana from her mother Kalpana’s lap and rushed to door, Jamdade alleged.
“My wife, my brother, Sunil, and I ran after him but before we could stop him, he flung my daughter out of the train,” Jamdade said. “My mind stopped working and I was numb. My brother acted quickly and pulled the chain.”
Sadhana was rushed to Sion hospital. “The child is stable but due to head injuries we have kept her under observation. She has also suffered fractures on her leg and forearm,” the hospital’s dean, Dr Sandhya Kamath, said. A shaken-up Jamdade said it is a miracle his daughter survived. “I was so close to losing her,” he said, waiting outside the ICU. “Every time I travel by train, I will remember my daughter and thank God.”