Man, son fall from train; claim it started ahead of departure time

The man Sasikumar was injured on his leg and his son was injured on his head and was treated at the Hosur government hospital.
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KRISHNAGIRI: A 42-year-old man and his three-year-old son had a lucky escape after they fell while getting down from train at Hosur railway station on Sunday night.

The victim and a bystander alleged that the train did not halt for its scheduled time. But railway officials denied the allegation. M Sasikumar (42), who works as Block Resource Teacher Educator (BRTE) in Kelamangalam block, went to Dharmapuri on Friday with his wife and three children and returned on Sunday evening.

He arrived by SMVT Express at 8. 50 pm. As they were deboarding, Sasikumar and his three-year-old son fell as on the platform as the train started to move. Sasikumar was injured on his leg and his son was injured on his head. They were treated in Hosur government hospital and the boy was discharged on Monday.

"Many passengers did not deboard, but the train started to move. After they raised alarm, the train was halted to allow them to get down. I tried to complain to the station master, but he did not respond properly, " he told TNIE.

On Monday afternoon, Sasikumar was discharged from the hospital.
When contacted, an official in the Hosur railway station said the loco pilot and guard have to ensure passengers boarding and deboard safely. They should have checked and given the signal to the station master. The train arrived at 8. 50 pm and departed at 8. 52 pm, so there is no violation in stoppage time."

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