A 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was reportedly attempting suicide after she went missing, was saved by an alert driver of a Mumbai local train on Saturdaynight.
Munesh Kumar Kulshrestha halted the speeding train that stopped a few meters from the girl after he spotted her walking on the railway tracks between Dadar and Elphinston Road stations.
The incident took place around 9.55 pm on Saturday when Kulshreshta was behind the wheels of a Churchgate-bound Borivili train.
After spotting the girl, Kulshreshta first blew the hooter in a bid to alert her. But when the girl continued walking on the tracks, he applied the brakes to bring the train to a complete halt.
â€śThe girlâ€™s father approached us when she was untraceable till night. As she is a minor, we registered a case of kidnapping. She has been reunited with her family after she was rescued,â€ť a police officer from Antop Hill police station told Hindustan Times.
The girlâ€™s father, Sanjay Wasule, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) employee told Mumbai Mirror that she was annoyed because he couldn't make it to the parents-teachers meet at her school that morning, as he was on duty.
"The alert motorman did a good job," said Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager of WR's Mumbai Central division, while speaking to Mumbai Mirror.