Railways traced the location of the train on January 4, and brought the toy back to the child (Representative Image)
Some bonds are not meant to be broken. Or not just yet. All of 19 months, Adnan had already had one such bond with his toy train. He had his first heartbreak – probably — when he lost the toy on a train back home.
But unlike most stories, this was not to end with a sundering.
An Indian Army Havaldar, a fellow passenger, had seen the child’s antics with the toy throughout their journey. When he saw that the child had forgotten his toy behind, he took it upon himself to reunite it with him, and in his pursuit, sent the mammoth railway machinery into motion.
On January 3, Vibhutibhushan Pattnaik was travelling in the same coach of the Secunderabad-Agartala Express as were Adnan and his family.
“I saw him play with the toy throughout the journey. In fact, when some technicians of the train hid the toy while playing with him, he started crying loudly. When I saw that he had let the toy behind, I had to do something,” Pattnaik told PTI.
After Adnan’s family deboarded at Kishanganj, Pattnaik immediately contacted the rail helpline — 139 – Rail Madad — and informed them about the toy, hoping that Railways’ system would work for the child.
“Usually these helplines are for emergencies and to deal with cases where people have lost important items. However, I was hopeful,” said Pattnaik, who did not have much details about Adnan, except his name and that the family of three had boarded the train from Secunderabad.
However, Railways traced the location of the train on January 4, and brought the