Dhaval’s father and friends say that his life could have been saved if medical treatment was provided to him during golden hour.
Family members of Dhaval Lodaya a 19 year old student who lost his life after the CST bound local train derailed near Titwala have held the railway officials responsible for their son’s death. Dhaval who was studying in 12th standard at Somaiya College was a good student and had bagged several awards. Dhaval’s friends were travelling with him when the mishap occurred as they narrated about the entire incident. They have created a facebook page named “Justice for Dhaval Lodaya” to demand justice for him. The page has already received 18,000 hits.
Mayur Lodaya, Dhaval’s father said, “I lost my son due to negligence of the railway officials. His life could have been saved if he was provided medical treatment on time.”
Dhaval accompanied by his friends Jay Lodaria (20), Karan Gajjar (17), Mandip Rajgor (17) had gone to Jain Temple at Manas Mandir near Asangaon. His friends recollected about the incident and said they were returning back after taking darshan. They were standing on the passage of train as all of a sudden chaos started due to the derailing of the train bogies. Dhaval was thrown outside the train while his friends collapsed inside the compartment due to the train derailment.
Dhaval was lying unconscious and sustained injuries behind his head. Jay, Karan and Mandip requested co-passengers to help them in the hour of crisis. None of the passengers came forward to help Dhaval and instead started clicking pictures of the incident. Around 100 people were present at the spot when the accident occurred.
Dhaval’s friends tried to call the Titwala Police station as officials asked them to call Ambivali Police station. When they called Ambivali station the officials asked them to call the Titwala Police station. Dhaval’s friend Jay called 108-helpline numbers and requested for help. They received a message that the ambulance is on the way and will arrive shortly.
Dhaval’s friend Jay said, “The corporator reached the spot after 20 minutes of the occurrence of the incident. We then requested him to take Dhaval to the nearby hospital in his car. However, he replied that he is travelling in the official vehicle. The corporator and his men didn’t bother to call the ambulance to the nearby hospital. He left the incident within 10 minutes.”
After the accident, Dhaval could have been rescued if he was taken to hospital within the golden hour. Seven to eight Railway Police officers arrived 45 minutes late after the incident. They started barricading the accident area. However, they didn’t take Dhaval to hospital during the golden hour when his life could have been saved.
“The ambulance arrived at spot after an hour. The officials were concentrating on those passengers who sustained minor injuries and ignored Dhaval. We then tried to put Dhaval on stretcher. We then requested some persons gathered at the spot to assist us to take him to ambulance. Later, some persons arrived and helped us to take him to ambulance. By the time, we took Dhaval to hospital he was declared dead by the doctor as treatment was delayed by two hours. His life could have been saved if people had cooperated with us” added Jay.
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has sent a legal notice to the Central Railway for their negligence which claimed Dhaval’s life. Twenty three persons sustained injuries while three of them had succumbed to serious injuries in this accident.
AK Singh, Central Railway PRO said, “We are probing this matter. It is really unfortunate that Dhaval has lost his life and we are saddened by it.”