NEW DELHI: Tanuja lies battling for life at the AIIMS Trauma Center, after coming under a Metro train at Arjan Garh station on Saturday. If she pulls through, this 21-year-old from Bhagalpur in Bihar would have to thank two city cops for her life and limb.
The woman was being taken to hospital in a PCR van after the accident, when the two cops in the vehicle realized her right arm was severed from the elbow and the remaining portion of the limb missing.
Showing quick thinking and an immense sense of duty, head constable Niranjan and constable Anil Rathore contacted the control room for a CATS ambulance to transport the woman to the nearby Fortis hospital.
The patient was transferred to the ambulance and the cops rushed back to the Metro station to trace the missing forearm. The severed limb was found partly hidden on the tracks.
The cops wrapped it in a polythene bag and sped to the hospital. A couple of hours later, the woman was shifted to AIIMS Trauma Center, where doctors stitched the limb back in a 12-hour operation.
So severe were Tanuja's injuries that several surgeries were performed on her. But chances are that she would survive, doctors said.
The accident took place around 10.35am on the yellow Metro line going to Gurgaon. "Tanuja had come to the capital to visit her relatives," said Ranveer Singh, additional CP (operations).
Police suspect Tanuja was depressed due to family problems but it's not clear whether she had attempted suicide. According to witnesses, she was talking loudly on the phone and suddenly fell on the tracks. She was run over even as the train driver applied emergency brakes.
"PCR van was on patrol duty when it received the call around 10.40am. The staff reached the spot in 2 minutes and found an injured woman on the tracks. They lifted the woman, who was blood-stained and injured, and rushed her to the nearby Fortis hospital in the PCR van," said DCP (PCR) R K Singh.
"The episode was indeed a remarkable professional job by the PCR staff of south zone. Head constable Niranjan and constable Anil Rathore are being rewarded for their outstanding work," said Deepak Mishra, senior special commissioner of police.