Barely a month after undergoing amputation of his left leg, which was crushed in a train accident, 24-year-old Vicky Tailor has resumed college with the help of a walker. On September 1, he hailed an autorickshaw and attended lectures in the Satpipda college, Chikhli.
On August 2, Tailor was travelling from Virar to Bilimora (Gujarat) in Lokshakti Express when he suffered leg injuries after he attempted to alight the train at 11.30 pm amidst heavy rains at the Bilimora station. Tailor said the length of the platform was shorter and three general coaches had no platform to get down on. “I thought the train will properly halt at the platform so I waited. When it suddenly started speeding, I realised that I had to jump. Since the train was slow, I tried to get off but slipped,” Tailor said.
The train dragged him to a short distance, which inflicted several injuries on his right leg, however, the left leg had to be amputated to remove infection.
Tailor underwent an amputation on August 3. “On September 1, I decided to resume classes as it is my final year. My uncle dropped me till the auto-rickshaw and my friends helped me in the college. I had a walker but to climb stairs, my sought my friends’ support,” said Tailor, who is at present pursuing a course in Bio Science.
So far, the family has not filed an FIR. While railway officials recorded his statement last week, no promise of any compensation has been made. The family has already incurred a bill of over Rs 1 lakh.
When contacted, C Nitin Kumar David, public relations officer at Western Railways, said, “Usually roadside stations like Bilimora have mid-level or rail-level platform because the passenger traffic is less. I will have to inquire about this accident. If the family approaches the claims tribunal, compensation will be worked out depending on the severity.”
However, David added that a train stops for minimum two minutes which gives sufficient time to deboard.
Tailor’s family, which shifted to Bilimora from Virar last month, is now attempting to ask for donations to buy a prosthetic limb. So far, Rs 1.85 lakh has been collected and the family has approached a Chembur-based company, Ottobock, to customise an artificial limb, which will cost around Rs 4 lakh.