Moments before the train mowed down 59 people, the man and his child were thrown back and the 55-year-old woman managed to catch the baby when he was about to hit the ground.
When hundreds of Dusshera revellers who had spilled onto railway tracks near Jaura Phaatak in Amritsar on Friday, were trying to save their lives, Meena Devi (55) managed to catch and save the life of a toddler.
Meena Devi saw a man standing near her during the Ravana ‘dahan’. Moments before the train mowed down 59 people, the man and his child were thrown back and the 55-year-old woman managed to catch the baby when he was about to hit the ground.
“A man with his child was standing near me when the effigy of the Ravan was burnt. When the train ploughed over the people standing on the track, the man and his child were thrown back, I somehow managed to catch the baby,” Meera Devi told news agency ANI.
As wails and cries of people soon filled the air, friends and relatives frantically looked for their near and dear ones. She too kept searching for the baby’s parents till midnight but failing to find them, she went to police station and lodged a report. “I kept on roaming around till midnight in search of his parents then went to police station and lodged a report,” she told ANI.
Meena Devi narrated how she carried the baby home, nursed and fed him before taking him to the hospital, according to TOI report. She said, she would be happy to raise the baby if his parents were not found. I hope he finds someone or else I am ready to adopt him, said Meera Devi.
Further, according to TOI, the district administration managed to trace the family of the 10-month old boy. The boy was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital where he was being diagnosed for injuries he sustained on head.
His mother Radhika, who was severely injured in the accident, identified the baby as Vishal as she was traced to a private hospital in Amritsar. Her husband Buddhi Ram died in the accident, as per the report.