Mumbai, Dec. 6 -- For a 20-year-old runaway from a village in Rajasthan, the city's local train network lived up to its reputation of being a lifeline, as his fall from a crowded train resulted in him reuniting with his family after 10 years. Asif Shaikh, employed with a building contractor, was travelling to work from Nalasopara to Bandra when he slipped from the footboard of the crowded Western Railway (WR) train and fell on the platform at Bandra station, on November 25.

According to the police, Shaikh fractured his leg and fell unconscious, following which Bandra Government Railway Police (GRP) officers rushed him to KB Bhabha Hospital and then KEM Hospital.

When the police questioned him about his home, Shaikh said he ran away when h...