Being a new father himself, Mayur Shelke felt compelled to jump into action and save the child.
The scene was tense: a boy was holding onto his mother's hand for dear life as a thundering train approached the railway tracks. Owing to her limited vision and already burdened back, the mother loses grip and fails to pull her son back onto the platform. The youngster tumbles onto the tracks as the locomotive barrels towards him, showing no signs of slowing down. At that moment, a hero swoops in, who, in the blink of an eye, scoops the child and places him onto the safety of the platform. He then hoists himself onto the platform just a split second before the train makes its way through the passage. While it may sound like a scene right out of an action movie, it is very much real. The hero in this case was not an actor or a superhero but a railway worker named Mayur Shelke.
The heart-stopping incident unfolded at India’s Vangani station, which is situated about 60 miles outside Mumbai. When Shelke saw the 6-year-old boy fall onto the path of an oncoming train, he instinctively jumped into action. "I ran towards the child but also thought that I might be in danger too. Still, I thought I should save him," said the man who is being hailed a hero on social media. "The woman (with the child) was visually impaired. She could do nothing," he added while speaking to Asian News International.
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. pic.twitter.com/0lsHkt4v7M— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 19, 2021
Shelke, who recently entered fatherhood, understands the importance that a child has in a parent's life. So, when he saw someone else's child in danger, he felt compelled to do something to save him. "The child who [slipped and fell] is someone’s precious child, too," he told Times Now News. "My child is the apple of my eye, so must that boy in peril have been to his parents. I just felt something stir within me and I rushed without thinking twice." The incredible incident that took place on 17th April may have gone unnoticed if it wasn't caught on CCTV camera as Shelke did not speak about it even to his family.
Nothing more moving than courage and kindness - railway worker Mayur Shelke risks his life to save a child https://t.co/mxG1O9gzII— Yogita Limaye (@yogital) April 20, 2021
He feared his parent's reprisal over him undertaking this dangerous act, especially because he is their only son. Shelke, who has been married for a year, also did not want to worry his wife with only two days left for his newborn son's naming ceremony. But in no time, the footage of his quick thinking and bravery went viral. His office HQ i.e. the Central Railway Head Quarters at CSTM invited him for an award function to praise his actions. The remarkable incident prompted the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, to personally applaud Shelke for saving the child's life without thinking twice. Goyal noted that while the man's courage could not be compared to any prize or money, he will be rewarded for inspiring everyone to be a better version of themselves.
#Mayurshelke donates substantial part of his cash reward received yesterday f d railways 4 d educational needs of d little boy whose life he saved. Sangeeta Shirsaat visually challenged mother of ds boy could see GODs hand remains eternally grateful 2 him 4 his brave kind act 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dcP23HToz3— Nandini Idnani (@idnani_nandini) April 21, 2021
The man was soon awarded Rs. 50,000 ($660) honorarium by the Ministry of Railways and was gifted a motorbike by Jawa Motorcycles as a token of their admiration. Pointsman Mayur Shelke's courage has the Jawa Motorcycles family in awe. Humbled by his act of exemplary bravery, truly the stuff of legends. And we'd like to honor this brave gentleman by awarding him with a Jawa Motorcycle as part of the #JawaHeroes initiative, wrote CEO Anupam Thareja in a tweet. Responding to this Twitter post, CEO of the Mumbai-based global conglomerate Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra, shared, Mayur Shelke didn’t have a costume or cape, but he showed more courage than the bravest movie SuperHero. Mahindra, one of the country’s leading industrialists, continued, All of us at the Jawa family salute him. 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.
The entire @jawamotorcycles family sends across a heartfelt cheer to Pointsman Mayur Shelke. Our ongoing #JawaHeroes initiative recognises real heroes from all corners of India, and we're honoured to have him ride as part of the #Kommuniti.@RailMinIndia #MayurShelke pic.twitter.com/Hty11OHJJO— Anupam Thareja (@reach_anupam) April 20, 2021