The Hush Post | 14:32 | 3-minute read
Setting an example for others, a disabled man ran to inform the railways about a broken track in Udupi.
A 53-year-old daily wage labourer Krishna Poojary saw a broken railway track in Udupi last week. He immediately ran up to six kilometres to inform the railway authorities about the same despite his physical incapability.
Krishna Poojary’s ailment had left him with a limp. Despite this, he ran as fast as he could for six kilometres to alert the authorities. When a railway team arrived at the spot, the gap in the track had got widened. A train was to arrive soon, a report said.
Poojary has a nerve issue in his right leg over a year ago. He had a habit of walking barefoot on the gravelstone bed on the railway track. “I am under injections and medications. However, as a therapeutic relief, the doctor had advised to walk on the gravel stones, as it would relax my leg muscle. Since I stay close to the track at Korangrapady, I have made it a point to walk on it on a daily basis. Otherwise, besides the train there is no other person in that area at any point of time,” he said.
At around 6.30 am on Saturday, he noticed a crack at Brahmasthana in Korangrapady. “Since I could not seek anyone’s help, I quickly started pacing towards the Indrali railway station,” Poojary said. Braving the pain, Poojary was able to reach the station office in 30 minutes.
After reaching there, he apprised the railway authorities about the condition of rail track. Within 40 minutes the team guided by Poojary reached the spot for inspection. “By the time we reached, the track had already widened. It was later learnt that unaware of the danger, a goods train had somehow managed to pass in the meanwhile,” he said.
“In a short while, we informed other trains to pass. But we had advised them to slow their speed. We had put in place temporary emergency devices to avert the sudden danger,” the report quoted a railway official.