Recognising the heroic act of railway pointsman Mayur Shelke for saving life of a child at the Vangani station, the Ministry of Railways announced an award of Rs 50,000 for the railway official. The staff of Central Railway honoured Shelke's efforts and felicitated him.
Overwhelmed Mayur Shelke said, "The woman (with the child) was visually impaired. She could do nothing so I ran towards the child but also thought that I might be in danger too. Still, I thought I should save him." "The woman was very emotional and thanked me a lot, Union Minister Piyush Goyal also called me up," added Shelke.
Mayur, saved the life of a child who lost his balance while walking at platform of Vangani railway station and fell on railway tracks, while a train was moving in his direction.
The video was posted by the Ministry of Railways with the caption - "A Good Samaritan: At Vangani station of Central Railway, Pointsman Mr. Mayur Shelkhe saved the life of a child just in the nick of the time. He risked his life to save the life of the child. We salute his exemplary courage & utmost devotion to the duty (sic)."
Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal also took to Twitter and applauded Shelke. He also said that his work cannot be compared to any prize or money, but he will be rewarded for inspiring humanity with his work.
Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway, Shri Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division and others also appreciated Shelke for his courageous act.
Shelke is working as a point man at Karjat for five years, eight months back he was shifted to Vangani.