Railway worker dies after getting kicked by unruly commuter onboard passing train

Railway worker dies after getting kicked by unruly commuter onboard passing train
Shravan Sanap (inset) was carrying routine track maintenance work between Mahalaxmi and Lower Parel stations

In a tragic incident, a railway track maintenance worker died after being forcefully kicked by a commuter standing on the footboard of an oncoming train between Mahalaxmi and Lower Parel stations on Wednesday.

The incident took place around 9 am, when the technician, Shravan Laxman Sanap (47), was carrying out routine maintenance work along with seven others.

“As soon as the supervisor saw the train approaching the tracks where the work was on, he blew a whistle to alert workers to clear out. Two of them, including Sanap, moved to the west of the train and the rest to the east,” a WR official told The Times of India.

One of his colleague, Namdeo Awhad, told the daily that a passenger from the Churchgate-bound train kicked Sanap, who lost his balance and fell on the emergency steps fitted below the footboard of the passing train.

The team rushed Sanap to Mahalaxmi station where a 108 ambulance was parked. However, the driver of the ambulance was nowhere to be found, following which they took him to the civic-run Nair Hospital at Mumbai Central.

Sanap was declared dead on arrival by doctors at Nair hospital.

Awhad also alleged that the GRP refused to take down their statement and insisted on getting one from the motorman, despite the fact that the incident took place outside his line of sight and after a few coaches had passed.

Meanwhile, a case of accidental death has been registered. WR chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar has appealed to commuters to come forth with any information that can help nab the person responsible for Sanap’s demise.

The family of the Kalyan-resident is entitled to an ex-gratia payment of Rs 25 lakh and additional compensation under the Workmen’s Act in the range of Rs 5-10 lakh. He is survived by a wife and four children, who are entitled to a job in Railways.

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