In a highly shocking incident, a 50-year-old Railway Protection Force constable lost his life while he was trying to save a woman and her three children from getting run over by the approaching train.
The incident took place around 9:30 PM, when Rana was on patrolling duty. The woman and her children crossing the railway track near Azadpur could have come under a speeding Kalka Shatabdi Express on Sunday night if the alert constable Jagbir Singh Rana, hadn’t pushed them off the line at the last moment.
Going by the reports, as Rana noticed the women crossing the down line on which the Shatabdi was hurtling at a high speed, he started running towards them while shouting to them. But as the loco pilot was also honking, the women could not hear Rana. The women had probably presumed that the train was on the adjacent track. Rana managed to catch up and push the women to safety. However, in an attempt to rescue others, Rana himself got hit by the train and died on spot.
A preliminary probe has revealed that Rana had bled profusely as he might have fallen on one side of the track and his head had hit the line.
He is survived by his wife, school/college going sons and two married daughters.
Director General (RPF) Arun Kumar and DRM (Delhi)RN Singh sent their heartfelt condolences and requested the RPF family to help and stand by the bereaved family in this hour of crisis.