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RAILWAY FOOTBOARD STUNT CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE Mumbai Mirror | Feb 28, 2016, 12.00 AM IST By Kamal Mishra

Teen bangs into pole after leaning out of the train to kick passer-by on Goregaon station platform. A 19-year-old boy breathed his last on Saturday while appreciating the reaction of a mean stunt he pulled at Goregaon station. The boy, identified as Pravin Ramlal Dhurve, was precariously hanging from the footboard of a local train when he leaned out and kicked an unsuspecting passer-by on the platform. Other commuters on the platform were aghast and Dhurve was enjoying their reactions from the moving train when he banged into a pole and fell off. Despite being rushed to the nearby Shatabdi Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. The incident happened when Dhurve, a Class XI student, was on his way to attend a 2.40 pm class at Nirmala College. He was on his way to Malad when he decided to pull the stunt at around 1.30 pm. CCTV footage, available with this paper, clearly captures the act until he bangs into the pole. GRP officials identified the teen with the help of his ID card that was in his pocket. "We got information about the accident at around 5 pm from the college authorities. A friend of Pravin's, who was present in the same compartment as him, said that his hand slipped and he fell off," said Vilas Tanaji, Dhurve's cousin. Rajlaxmi Nandgopalan, principal of Nirmala College, said, "He was headed to college when the accident happened. We are saddened by it as we lost someone from our family." "We will definitely discuss the issue of safe railway travel with our students now. We will tell them to never travel on the train footboard," she added. Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security of Western Railways, Mumbai division, expressed frustration about how none of their efforts to prevent commuters from travelling on train footboards were bearing fruit. "We have tried everything to ward off people from travelling on the trains' footboards. Last year, we booked 3,756 people for the same offence. However, we cannot do this alone without commuters wanting to do something about the issue themselves." Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, a psychiatrist, termed this kind of compulsive behaviour as a disorder. "It is a kind of a psychological disorder. We call it conduct disorder. If it is not treated in the childhood properly, it creates more aggression. This can be termed as anti-social behaviour as people do not care about others being inconvenienced," he added. Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager of Western Railways, Mumbai central division, said, "We are doing everything to stop people from travelling precariously on the train footboards. We are making announcements at all stations and are also trying to educate people about the dangers of travelling like this. We are also making people aware that other danger ways of travelling, like travelling on the roof and trespassing, are very dangerous."

Teen bangs into pole after leaning out of the train to kick passer-by on Goregaon station platform. A 19-year-old boy breathed his last on Saturday while appreciating the reaction of a mean stunt he pulled at Goregaon station. The boy, identified as Pravin Ramlal Dhurve, was precariously hanging from the footboard of a local train when he leaned out and kicked an unsuspecting passer-by on the platform. Other commuters on the platform were aghast and Dhurve was enjoying their reactions from the moving train when he banged into a pole and fell off. Despite being rushed to the nearby Shatabdi Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. The incident happened when Dhurve, a Class XI student, was on his way to attend a 2.40 pm class at Nirmala College. He was on his way to Malad when he decided to pull the stunt at around 1.30 pm. CCTV footage, available with this paper, clearly captures the act until he bangs into the pole. GRP officials identified the teen with the help of his ID card that was in his pocket. "We got information about the accident at around 5 pm from the college authorities. A friend of Pravin's, who was present in the same compartment as him, said that his hand slipped and he fell off," said Vilas Tanaji, Dhurve's cousin. Rajlaxmi Nandgopalan, principal of Nirmala College, said, "He was headed to college when the accident happened. We are saddened by it as we lost someone from our family." "We will definitely discuss the issue of safe railway travel with our students now. We will tell them to never travel on the train footboard," she added. Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security of Western Railways, Mumbai division, expressed frustration about how none of their efforts to prevent commuters from travelling on train footboards were bearing fruit. "We have tried everything to ward off people from travelling on the trains' footboards. Last year, we booked 3,756 people for the same offence. However, we cannot do this alone without commuters wanting to do something about the issue themselves." Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, a psychiatrist, termed this kind of compulsive behaviour as a disorder. "It is a kind of a psychological disorder. We call it conduct disorder. If it is not treated in the childhood properly, it creates more aggression. This can be termed as anti-social behaviour as people do not care about others being inconvenienced," he added. Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager of Western Railways, Mumbai central division, said, "We are doing everything to stop people from travelling precariously on the train footboards. We are making announcements at all stations and are also trying to educate people about the dangers of travelling like this. We are also making people aware that other danger ways of travelling, like travelling on the roof and trespassing, are very dangerous."

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