A 25-year-old student who was taking a selfie near Hyderabad’s Borabanda Railway station was seriously injured as a running MMTS train hit him from behind. The man has been identified as Shiva by the police, the youth attempted to take the selfie with fast approaching Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train in the background. The incident occurred on Sunday.
After the disturbing video surfaced on Wednesday, it went viral with many netizens describing the stunt as ‘height of stupidity’ and appealing to youth never to attempt this. In the video released by Government Railway Police, Shiva can be seen looking into his phone camera and pointing at the oncoming train from behind. Despite the constant honking by the loco-pilot, he ignored the warnings and continued filming. Moments later, a train smashes in to him from behind, sending him flying before the screen goes blank.
Meanwhile, Shiva survived the collision despite suffering head injuries. While the camera stops showing images, the sound of people rushing to the scene can be heard in the back ground.
According to NDTV, some 60 per cent of the world’s ‘selfie deaths’ between March 2014 and September 2016 took place in India.