Brave MBA student stands on tracks, stops Mumbai local train from running over injured man

26-year-old Shrawan Tiwari takes man, who had fallen off a train at Charni Road, to hospital; victim out of danger

mumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2018 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The incident took place around 10.30pm on Monday, when Shrawan Tiwari was at Charni Road station.

A 26-year-old MBA student waiting to board a train at Charni Road station proved that Mumbai does not turn a blind eye to a fellow citizen in need of help, when he stood bravely on the railway tracks and stopped a local train from crushing an injured commuter to death.

The incident took place around 10.30pm on Monday, when Shrawan Prem Tiwari was waiting on platform number 4 at Charni Road station. As he leaned out looking for his train, he spotted someone on the tracks at the south end of the platform. Tiwari went to investigate and found a man lying bleeding and unconscious, with injuries to his head and limbs.

“I thought he was dead, but when I held my finger under his nose, I felt his breath. As I turned to get help, I saw a train that had pulled into the station about to start towards Marine Lines. It would have crushed the injured man,” said Tiwari.

A quick-thinking Tiwari started waving frantically so that the train would stop. According to him, the motorman had started the train, but when he saw him standing and waving on the tracks, he halted the train immediately.

“I was shouting for help, and other commuters heard me. They jumped on to the tracks and helped me carry the man off the tracks,” said Tiwari, who then with the help of some commuters rushed the man to the nearby Saifee hospital.

Tiwari alleged that police officials present at the spot were not helpful and delayed getting the injured man, identified as Ashwin Sawant, admitted to hospital. “I just wanted to save his life,” said Tiwari. “I then called up the man’s family and informed them about the accident.”

After a few hours, Tiwari said he was informed that the man has survived.

Officials with the Churchgate Government Railway Police said generally accident victims are taken to government hospitals, but in this case, commuters took the victim to a private hospital. “We have recorded the case and are investigating how Sawant fell off a train during non-peak hours,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 10:28 IST