MUMBAI: Four days after railway employee Mayur Shelke (30) saved the life a child fallen on the railway track at Vangani station, he said that he would utilise half of his reward money for the boy’s education. Shelke, a Neral resident, said that he was not sure of the amount promised by way of reward. “But I’ve learnt that the economic condition of the boy’s family is not good,” he told TOI on Wednesday. The same day, he said he was buoyed over a phone call he had received from chief minister Uddhav Thackeray praise for saving the life of a child, praising him for his daredevilry and selflessness.
Shelke, a graduate, whose job is to check railway signals along tracks, had rescued the 6-year-old boy fallen on the tracks even as a train was trundling along the same track, towards the boy. His mother, who is visually challenged, stood on the platform, screaming out for help. Shelke rushed towards the boy and pulled him out of harm’s way in the nick of time.
While railway minister Piyush Goyal had declared a reward of Rs 50,000 for Shelke, Asian Institute of Transport Development also announced a reward of Rs 50,000.
“Whatever the amount that comes my way, I have decided to utilise 50% of it the boy’s education.”
Sources said that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his 45-second telephonic conversation with Shelketold him that he had watched the video of the act showing Shelke risking his life to save the little boy’s.
“The chief minister said he could not express his feelings in words,” said a source. “But he told Shelke that he had earned the blessings of a mother by saving the life of her child…”