Commuters protecting old man attack railway staff
WHAT had started off as a well-meaning gesture to protect an elderly man from harassment, quickly escalated into vandalism and violence, as commuters pelted railway staffers with stones. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, and the man was taken away safely, while the Sandhurst Road station’s booking office suffered damage.
Sources said a senior citizen was sleeping outside the station manager’s office, and when a railway pointsman went to wake him, he started shouting and crying. Commuters gathered quickly, mistakenly assuming that the old man was being harassed. Before anyone could explain what was happening, the angry mob damaged the booking office and started hurling rocks at the staff. The station master had to call the police.
The Dongri police whisked away the drunk man and brought the situation under control. The windows of the booking office and other railway material were damaged. WHILE most kids would do anything to avoid studying, 16-year-old Mukesh (name changed) can’t wait to sit at his desk and pick up a textbook. He’s dreamed of it for nearly eight years, even as a congenital disorder called kyphosis left his back severely hunched, making even the simple act of sitting excruciatingly painful.
Today, the teenager’s face bears a look of relief and hope, as he is finally able to sit up straight after surviving a 13-hour-long surgery at Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital in Fort.
A fortnight after the procedure, he is already walking without physiotherapy or crutches, held up solely by willpower. This superpower is what has kept him going since he was seven, when he was discovered lost at Kalyan railway station.
Unlike many paediatric patients who have the support of their parents while battling
The booking office and other material at Sandhurst Road station were damaged.