BAGALURU: Govindarajan, the loco-pilot whose presence of mind and experience saved hundreds of lives on board the Kannyakumari—Bengaluru express that derailed during the wee hours of Friday, says, “I have not done anything great. It is my responsibility to save my passengers.”
Is he being simply humble or is he afraid of being framed?
He was being counselled and treated for trauma in Bengaluru in the railway hospital on Saturday. He refused to open up to TOI and share his anxiety at the moment while the coaches were tilting.
Govindarajan slowly pulled the brakes when he heard the rumbling of the last coach-S 6 tilting that saved the coaches from derailing with maximum impact.
Although south western railway officials have already admitted that the rails cracked because of improper maintenance, the loco-pilot community at large is threatened and has sought for reducing their work stress and revising the Hours of Employment Regulation (HoER) in the railway. L Mony, president of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) pointed out that all committees set up to investigate point fingers on human failure for causing 80 percent of railway accidents.