Prompt and timely action by Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel foiled the suicide attempt
by a 17-year-old girl at Belgachia station of the Metro railway on Thursday afternoon.
The Metro Rail authorities have decided to reward the RPF constable. Around 12.10 pm, some commuters who were waiting on the Belgachia station saw a girl jumping on the railway line and walking down the UP tracks towards Dum Dum.
They raised an alarm but no one jumped on the tracks to save her life as the high voltage third rail runs parallel to the track. Their alarm attracted the RPF personnel who were on duty. They immediately jumped on the track risking their lives and went to her.
The incident happened so quickly that no one got a chance to disconnect the third rail. As there was
no train, a major accident was averted. She was handed over to the Ultadanga police station.
Senior police officers said the girl who had passed Class X examination was a resident of Pakur in Jharkhand. She is suffering from acute mental depression and was not been able to talk.
Police are yet to know how she came to the city and who had accompanied her. Her father has been informed and will come to the city to take her back home. “The girl is suffering from depression and is unable to narrate her experience,” a police officer said.
To prevent suicide, the Metro authorities have intensified vigil in the railway stations. The commuters have been requested to inform the police if they found anybody loitering at the station aimlessly.
The RPF personnel have been asked to be keep a watch on the passengers at the time of arrival of
trains as those who commit suicide very often by jumping in front of trains.