CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Friday directed SP, Jagatsinghpur and SP, Government Railway Police to investigate the alleged pushing of a 10-year-old physically disabled boy from a running train at Gorakhnathpur Railway Station under Jagatsinghpur district on Thursday and submit report by February 13. The victim Pravakar Paran alias Kanha, meanwhile, had to undergo amputation of the right hand and leg at the SCB Medical College and Hospital on Friday.
The division bench comprising Justice BP Das and Justice BK Nayak also directed Collector, Cuttack to visit the child at the hospital and ensure that proper treatment is provided to him. The Superintendent of SCBMCH has been instructed to provide free treatment to the victim. The directions came in response to a PIL filed by the Nationalist Lawyers Forum based on news reports on the alleged dastardly act. Citing the reports, the petitioner organisation alleged that the boy who had already lost his left hand used to survive and fend for his family comprising widowed mother and a younger brother by begging in trains.
On Wednesday, the boy had boarded the Paradip Palasa train and was standing near the door at the Gorakhnath railway station between Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack. As the train began to depart the station, the boy was allegedly pushed by a vendor selling cucumbers in the same train. The boy slipped and came under the running train in the process.
He sustained serious injuries in the right hand and leg. He was rescued by the passengers and members of the local voluntary organisation and rushed to the local hospital from where he was referred to SCBMCH. “The limbs of the child had to be amputated because of the severity of the injury. He is being treated at the Orthopaedics Department and he is provided with allround care”, superintendent SCBMCH Prof DN Moharana said.