Indian Man Robbed While Saving His Colleague


Washington: Imagine a man rushing to save a girl from a moving train. We have seen it in reel but never in real life. But it did happen in reality when a 34-year-old Indian-origin man saved the life of a women co-worker from a approaching train.

He was hailed for his courage and was rewarded by police in the USA. But the man was robbed of all his belongings when he jumped on the train tracks to help her.

Anil Vannavalli, a data administrator, was waiting for his train to work to Manhattan Friday morning, when 26-year-old Madhuri Recherla fell on the tracks at the Edison train station. The immigrant from India who came to the US 10 years ago, kept his backpack on the train platform and jumped onto the tracks with another commuter to save his co-worker Recherla from an oncoming train.

While Vannavalli was busy there, police said, a thief stole his backpack containing his laptop computer and headphones (valued at USD 700), about USD 200 in cash, and his work identification card. Edison Police later presented a cheque of USD 1000 to Vannavalli.

Recherla later said she fainted because she did not eat or drink so she could get to the train station on time. She was taken to the hospital with a fractured knee and broken ankle. Vannavalli said it was only matter of minutes before him and the other commuter could move the woman from the tracks and take her to the tracks, saving her from the oncoming train.

The Edison Township Police Department is combing through security cameras to find the thief. “This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, seems so very disgusting and outrageous,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said in a statement to reporters.

Vannavalli said he couldn’t believe someone would rob him as he was saving another person’s life. “We know these things happen but not in this moment. When someone is going to save a life, how can he think about stealing?” Vannavalli said. “You should be ready to help anyone in any situation. It’s humanity,” he added.