In order to help a woman struggling with premature labour pains, an autorickshaw driver drove his vehicle on to the Virar railway station platform to help the woman reach the hospital. The driver was identified as 34-year-old, Sagar Kamlakar Gawad, a resident of Dongarpada area in Virar (West).
The police official told news agency that the incident occurred on Sunday morning when a seven-months pregnant woman and her husband were travelling in the compartment reserved for disabled persons. Reportedly, due to prolonged incessant rains in the city, the train services had halted at the station when the woman started developing pre-mature labour pains.
The woman’s husband panicked upon seeing her wife in pain and he rushed out of the compartment to ask for help. He found Gawad, whose auto was parked in the space allotted by Western Railway (WR) right next to platform number two. Reportedly, he then urged Gawad to help his wife in reaching the hospital, following which he brought his autorickshaw on the platform and rode towards Sanjeevani Hospital in Virar.
Watch the video of the incident here:
#WATCH Mumbai:Auto-rickshaw driver took rickshaw on platform at Virar Railway Station on Aug4 to pick a pregnant woman to take her to the hospital.RPF didn’t arrest him immediately as the “lady was in extreme labour pain,but he was later arrested&released with a warning by court” pic.twitter.com/eckppwGtr2— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2019
A video of the incident is going viral on social media, where people are praising the driver for the good deed. In the video, it can bee seen that the platform is jam-packed with commuters and the auto is making its way.
Police inspector Praveen Kumar Yadav, Virar RPF told ANI that the woman delivered a premature but healthy baby girl in the hospital.
However, later the Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested Gawad for violating rules formulated by the Railways. He was also produced before the court on Monday but was duly released on a bail with a warning.
Yadav added that even though Gawad’s intentions were good, he has violated the rules. Driving on the platform could have injured commuters waiting to board at the platform.
#IncredibleIndia!!!— मुम्बई Matters Most™✳️ (@mumbaimatterz) July 27, 2019
Where else can you find this? #Autorickshaw speeding on Shahad Railway platform @Central_Railway laden with passengers. #Video taken from a passing train (Rcvd via WA)@drmmumbaicr @IndianRailMedia @RailwaySeva @mumbairailusers @mumbaitraffic pic.twitter.com/hmsSCtqFg7
Reportedly, Gawad was charged under Sections 154 (rash travelling or negligent act) and 159 (disobedience of drivers) of the Railway Act, 1989.
In an almost similar incident, an auto-rickshaw was recorded giving a ride to commuters on a railway platform in Shahad station near Mumbai.
A video was recorded by certain travelers on the opposite side of the station and it shows the commuter loaded auto, driving in speed on the station. We don’t know whether the auto-rickshaw was giving a ride to the commuters starting with one of the station then onto the next or it was only a joyride.