Mumbai Pointsman Mayur Shelke To Be Awarded By Railway Ministry For Saving A Child

Railway employee Mayur Shelke, picked the boy from the tracks last week, will be awarded by the Indian Railway Ministry for the act of bravery.

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The Indian Railways personnel, Mayur Shelke, who saved the life of a six-year-old, will be awarded by the Indian Railway Ministry for the act of bravery. The Mumbai pointsman picked the boy from the tracks last week.

In a tweet shared on Tuesday, ANI announced the news which mentioned that Shelke will receive an award of Rs 50,000 from the Ministry of Railways.

“Ministry of Railways announces an award of Rs 50,000 for pointsman Mayur Shelkhe, who saved the life of a child who lost his balance while walking at platform 2 of Vangani railway station & fell on railway tracks, on 17th April,” the tweet read.

Speaking of the incident in an interview with ANI, Mayur Shelke said that he did think about his safety for a few seconds before running towards the boy who slipped from his mother's hand and fell on the railway track.

"I ran towards the child but also thought that I might be in danger too. Still, I thought I should save him," Shelke said, according to news agency ANI.

"The woman was visually impaired. She could do nothing," he added.

The CCTV footage of the incident that took place on April 17 at the Vangani railway station shows Shelke running on the railway tracks towards the 6-year-old. He lifted the boy onto the platform in no time and then pulled himself up while the approaching train was just a few feet away.

Soon after the video shared by the Railway Ministry went viral, praises poured in for Mayur Shelkhe who risked his own life to save a child.

Union minister Piyush Goyal also called up Shelke to praise him for the courageous act.

"Very proud of Mayur Shelke, Railwayman from the Vangani Railway Station in Mumbai who has done an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life & saved a child's life," Goyal said on Twitter.

The Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to laud and said that he showed more courage than the “bravest movie SuperHero”. “In difficult times, Mayur has shown us that we just have to look around us for everyday people who show us the way to a better world.,” his tweet read.

Actor R Madhavan also took to Twitter to appreciate the brave act addressed Shelke as a "true life hero".

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