Bhubaneshwar, Feb 16 (LocalWire) A Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer rescued a female passenger on Saturday who slipped while trying to board a running train at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station.
The passenger has been identified as Nibedita Sahoo who works as a lecturer at the Rama Devi Women’s University in Bhubaneswar.
The incident took place when Sahoo was trying to board the Puri-Sambalpur Intercity-Express for Dhenkanal at around 5:20 P.M. while it was still in motion.
Sahoo lost her balance and slipped into the gap between the train and the platform and would certainly have died if RPF constable Subrat Kumar Maharana had not been there at the moment.
The video of Maharana saving Sahoo was caught by one of the CCTV cameras installed at the station and went viral. Various organisations and leaders have praised the bravery of Maharana.
In his tweet, Union minister , a BJP leader, said, “The promptness with which RPF Constable Subrat Mohrana ran to protect a citizen’s life is a loud reassurance of our security staff’s vigilance and pro-activeness in preventing mishaps. I also urge our citizens to be safe and avoid boarding and deboarding moving trains.”
“I express my gratitude to Constable Maharana for saving my life,” Sahoo said in her letter addressed to the RPF IIC, Bhubaneshwar. She further assured the officials present on the spot that she was quite well and does not have any injury, internal or external.
Sahoo said, “I thought I would be able to board the train as it was running at a very slow speed.
However, I lost balance while boarding and fell.” Sahoo and her brother were running late and had to board the train for Dhenkanal for her engagement the next day.
“She partially fell in the gap between the platform and the train and I’m glad that I able to rush to pull her out safely,” said Constable Maharana.
While Sahoo was lucky to have a brave Constable such as Maharana around to help her, one might not be as fortunate as her which is why one should always avoid boarding onto or deboarding off a running train as the consequences can be deadly.
Written by Meenal Singh