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Updated: January 9, 2014 02:33 IST

Dehradun Express fire: Gateman’s presence of mind saves lives

Rashmi Rajput
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Jawahar Singh
The Hindu Jawahar Singh

"It’s my duty to report anything suspicious about the train when it passes the gate I patrol. Around 2.25 am when Dehradun Express was passing by I saw a thick layer of smoke emerging from the last two coaches of the train. I had never seen anything like this before," narrated Mr. Singh.

Jawahar Singh, 33, the gateman, who alerted railway authorities, told The Hindu that he had never ever seen an incident like this in his seven-year-old career.

Mr. Singh, a local resident, has been patrolling gate no. 60 between Gholwad and Dahanu Road station for the past couple of years, the spot where the ill-fated Dehradun Express caught fire on Wednesday. Nine passengers died in the incident.

"I was on night shift on Tuesday. It’s my duty to report anything suspicious about the train when it passes the gate I patrol. Around 2.25 am when Dehradun Express was passing by I saw a thick layer of smoke emerging from the last two coaches of the train. I had never seen anything like this before," narrated Mr. Singh.

"There was no fire, just a thick cloud of black smoke emerging from the bogies. Since it was night time I could not wave the red flag and instead used a red torch to alert the guard on the train," added Mr. Singh.

But the train was brought to a halt only after it had travelled around one-and-half kilometres. "The guard might have not noticed my signal and therefore I immediately alerted my station master, who got in touch with the authorities and brought the train to a halt," added Mr. Singh.

Mr. Singh's presence of mind helped save many lives. Mr. Singh said: "This is a forest area and therefore officials aren't aware of the route to hospitals and other facilities in the area. I assisted many on how to reach there. I was just doing my job," he added.

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Dear Mr Singh, Great job done. Pleas keep doing it.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:53 IST

Really a Commendable job. He should appreciated in public forum so that many people can take a leaf of his achievement.

from:  K. Purushothaman
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:41 IST

He is true Hero, Good show man..............

from:  Benjamin
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:25 IST

An alert and peaceful and meditative mind of Mr. Singh !!!

from:  surya prakash
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:18 IST

Well Done Mr. Jawahar Singh. Your presence of mind and dedication for
duty have saved many lives. God bless you dear.
Hope Government and Railway authorities will recognize his commitment
and reward him.

from:  Abhi
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:09 IST

That the Gateman Jawahar Singh doing patrol duty in the forest area at
the cold night hour (2.25 a.m) had meticulously observed black smoke
emerging from the last two coaches alerted the Station Master is praise
worthy. He should be suitably rewarded for his duty consciousness which
had saved many lives. If cause of fire is found to be due to electrical
short circuit, thorough check of the electrical system needs to be
strengthened with due overseeing as fire in trains is reported often.

from:  G.Jagannathan
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:04 IST

Well done Jawahar Singh. God bless you..

from:  Ajit Mane
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 15:00 IST

Sir, this is a really commendable job done by the gateman, Mr. Jawahar Singh. It sounds like a mundane job but I guess any job done with dedication makes it noble!

from:  raj
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:51 IST

It's unfortunate that we had a train accident past month as well and suffered heavy loss of lives.

People like Jawahar Singh deserves a salute for performing their duty with utmost honesty.

God bless you.

from:  unnat sinha
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:50 IST

Still great souls exist who do their duty faithfully.

from:  Sudarshan
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:42 IST

Dear Mr. Gateman, well done God will shower his blessings upon you as you have saved the lives of many people.Great Job!!!!

from:  maria nancy fernandes
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:37 IST

" HATS OFF" to Sh JAWAHAR SINGH.
Also to the concerned rail way authorities who acted immediately.
Due to the dedication & commitment to the duty even during Night duty
hours, so many lives were saved.
Govt should recognise & Award these Noble persons.

from:  K.S.SHASTRY
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:28 IST

Well done Jawahar Singh. Hindu should send a post with the article and all the comments translated to hindu to Mr Jawahar.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:27 IST

GOOD JOB

from:  SIVA
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:23 IST

Good and alert job Mr. Singh.

from:  Prafullla.M
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:22 IST

real hero

from:  akshay
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:20 IST

Well done

from:  Vijaya kumar mella
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:17 IST

Still there are duty conscious staff in RAILWAYS. Hats off to JAWAHAR
SINGH. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

from:  JAYAVELU
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:13 IST

Great Job Done !! Govt. should recognise this.

from:  Tejendra
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:13 IST

well done.. people like these should be respected and rewarded..irrespective of whatever the job, post and consequences be.......

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:08 IST

We'll done Mr. Gateman! Indian Railways still have persons who perform their night duty by
NOT sleeping on the job!
God bless you!

from:  R Prasad
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 14:06 IST
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