Com­muters pro­tect­ing old man at­tack rail­way staff

Mid Day - - City - A COR­RE­SPON­DENT mail­ ARITA SARKAR

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.

A mis­un­der­stand­ing

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.

Dif­fi­cult child­hood

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.

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