Railway gateman's hands hacked for refusing to open level-crossing gate
Gateman Kundan Pathak's refusal to open a level crossing gate in North Delhi's Narela area because a train was approaching could cost him both his hands with bike-borne assailants hacking at him till he collapsed, railway officials said today. Pathak, 28, whose hands were severed in the assault late yesterday, has been admitted to a hospital in Rohini, the officials said. Here's more.
Pathak received serious injuries to his legs, neck
Pathak, who also received serious injuries to his legs and neck, was manning Gate Number 19 between Narela and Rathdhana yesterday night when three men on a bike demanded that the level crossing gate be opened. He refused as the 18101 Muri Express was approaching, officials said. He has now been shifted to Saroj Hospital, Rohini, where he is currently undergoing major surgery.
Railways will bear the expense of Pathak's treatment
"All expenses are being taken care of by railways to see to it that he survives and comes back amongst us," the railways said. An FIR has been lodged against unknown persons.