An Indian man was robbed while saving a female co-worker from an oncoming train in the United States. He was next rewarded by the police.Anil Vannavalli, 34, was waiting for a train at the Edison platform in New Jersey, US when his co-worker Madhuri Recherla collapsed and fell on the tracks, NJ.com summarized on Monday.
According to police, Vannavalli left his backpack and jumped on the tracks with 2 other commuters to carry Recherla to safety.
While he was busy saving the woman’s life, somebody snatched the backpack.The backpack contained Vannavalli’s work laptop, 3 pairs of headphones valued at $700, around $200 in cash, his work identification card including train tickets, told police officials.
“This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, seems so very disgusting and outrageous,” stated police chief, Thomas Bryan.
The Edison Police Union awarded Vannavalli, a resident of Piscataway, with a $1,000 cheque for his selfless act.
The woman following said she lost consciousness and fell because she did not have time to eat or drink anything as she was trying to make it to the train station on time, told News 12 New Jersey.
Vannavalli reportedly came to his colleague’s rescue just before a train pulled into the station.
He later told he was happy she survived but was disappointed that someone decided to take advantage of the situation.
No arrests have been made in the case yet.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign was started to show appreciation for Vannavalli for his valiant act.