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Serving cold drinking water in trains just when passengers fall ill, even die due to extreme heat in trains

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RAIPUR: In the hot summer, when trains run packed and there is no water in the compartments and even on platforms, here is a man who offers cold water to passengers.

Mohammad Sajjad Khan, who is founder of Awam-e-Hind social welfare society, has been doing yeoman's service at the Raipur railway station in Chhattisgarh.

Along with his team members, Khan, takes cold water from one compartment to other, helping the passengers quench their thirst.

No wonder, the society's work is getting appreciated, especially, when there have been mishaps and even deaths during train journey due to extreme heat in the general compartment near Jhansi railway station--they were pilgrims who died due to heat stroke in sleeper coaches S8 and S9 in Kerala Express, on way to Coimbatore.  

The Awam-e-Hind society members fill bottles of passengers who hand them from inside crowded bogeys of trains and also offer cold water to passengers at the railway platforms on this busy station of the state capital.

Khan and his team members provide cold water at other places in the city too. These include hospital, bus stand and other public spaces. The society gets permission from railway officials till June 30, however, it wishes to continue the work after the summer season as well. 

The society's work has been acknowledged and members have been felicitated several times in the city. However, Khan, the founder of the society says that this work is for the sake of humanity, as there is no greater joy than serving the people. 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.