Mumbai: Boy runs on track to fetch cricket ball, lands in coma

The 12-year-old, who was visiting his grandparents, was searching for his cricket ball on the tracks when a cargo train hit him at Ghatkopar

A 12-year-old boy, who hails from Pune and was visiting his grandparents in Ghatkopar, slipped into a coma after he was hit by a cargo train while looking for a cricket ball hit by a fellow player on Monday.

The residents blame the administration for not fixing the wall that provides easy access to the tracks. Pic/Rajesh Gupta
The residents blame the administration for not fixing the wall that provides easy access to the tracks. Pic/Rajesh Gupta

The boy, identified as Sahil Jadhav, was playing in the building when another boy hit the ball hard. Sahil went to fetch it. Fifteen minutes later, when he didn’t return, the other children informed the building residents, who found Sahil lying unconscious on the tracks and immediately rushed him to the Rajawadi Hospital. The doctors then informed his familty that he had slipped into a coma.

Sahil Jadhav
Sahil Jadhav

Arvind Jadhav, Sahil’s father, told mid-day, “I was in Pune when I learnt about the incident from my father and rushed to Mumbai immediately. The incident occurred when he went to the railway tracks, separated by a broken down wall from the spot where the children were playing. After Sahil didn’t return for quite some time, his friends went to check on him and saw him lying unconscious near the tracks.”

Vidya Thakur, Rajawadi Hospital dean, said, “The boy is in coma and is critical. He has sustained severe head injuries.”

The Std VI student always told his father he wanted to become a sportsman. Sahil’s grandfather, Maruti Jadhav, said, “It has been two years since Sahil, along with his brother and parents, shifted to Ambegaon in Pune. Like every year, this time, too, he had come here to spend his summer vacation with us.”

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An officer from the Government Railway Police said, “The incident happened around 5.20 pm. Investigation has revealed that the boy was hit by a cargo train while he was trying to find a cricket ball.”

Broken wall

While building residents, however, said the wall, which divides the residential area from the tracks, being broken is the cause this incident happened.

Mohan Pawar, secretary of the building, said, “It is the administrative negligence that has landed the young boy in this state. The wall near the building, that is a boundary of the railway tracks, has been broken since years and people use it as a shortcut between east to west. If such easy excess is available and children see adults without fearing trains crossing the tracks they notice the cavity and reach the tracks.”

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