New Delhi, Nov 17: It was a macabre sight at Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station on Wednesday afternoon, as Bhagwan, a resident of Kota, Rajasthan, slipped and his legs were trapped inside the Indore-bound Inter City Express's stairs and the platform.
What followed was a rescue operation which can bring shame to Indian Railways.
There was no Railway ambulance at the station. The railway staff first tried to break the edges of the platform with a big hammer, then tried to saw off the stairs with a metal cutter, and finally used a gas cutter.
For more than 90 minutes, Bhagwan first screamed, lay bleeding, and lost consciousness as the insensitive railway staff roughly pulled his body out after the gas cutter work was over.
Soon, railway officials found there was no ambulance at the station!
Bhagwan was put on a hand cart and ferried out of the station. Meanwhile, a helpful passenger called CATS ambulance which ferried Bhagwan to AIIMS Trauma Center, where he was declared brought dead.
It was India TV viewer Harpreet Singh who rang up the news channel to inform about the mishap, and our TV crew reached there within minutes.
Some of the images could be disturbing, but India TV has no other option but to bring this to the notice of viewers about the pathetic state of first-aid facilities at major railway stations. Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi refused to comment.