A 16-year-old boy cheated death, escaping with injuries to his head and hand, after he crashed against a pole and fell down while performing stunts on a moving train on the Central line yesterday.
The boy, Swapnil Bayekar, was on his way to Chinchpokli to witness a Ganesh idol procession, when he hit a girder between Ghatkopar and Vidyavihar railway stations at around 1.30 pm. Several persons saw the his stunts.
The unpleasant incident, which is the second in the last 15 days, is the latest example of reckless thrill-seeking that has resulted in several deaths and injuries in the past few years.
Bayekar, a Std X student, was travelling with four friends when the incident took place.
“He [Bayekar] fell after his leg slipped while standing on the footboard of the train. We are trying to ascertain if he fell down while performing stunts. No eyewitnesses have come forward yet, and we are investigating the matter,” said S Dhumal, senior police inspector, Kurla GRP, where the case has been registered.
According to the police, as soon as the train stopped at Vidyavihar station, his friends ran back to the spot to assist Bayekar. They immediately rushed him to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, ensuring that he received medical treatment during the crucial hour.
Bayekar, a resident of Ghatkopar (E), has sustained multiple injuries and fractured his hand. A doctor from Rajawadi Hospital said the fracture would need surgery, since a rod needs to be inserted.
Despite eyewitness records that speak otherwise, his family denied the boy was performing stunts. “Our child is not one who fools around in the train. He was unfortunate that his sandal slipped while standing on the footboard, because of which he is suffering now,” said Gurjeet Singh, Swapnil’s sister.
In an earlier incident, 14-year-old Sayeed Mohsin Raza died after falling down between Thane and Mumbra while doing stunts in a moving train on August 9. The incident was caught on camera.