One of oldest and retired train guards in the country, Keshav Narhar Bapat, working with India’s first railway company the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, now called Central Railway, and had celebrated his 101st birthday in November 2020 died a month later. He donated his body for medical research. He died a peaceful death on December 26 and his body was donated to the Godavari Medical College, Bhusawal Road, Jalgaon.
“Born on November 21, 1920, he was felicitated by a team of personnel officers from the Bhusawal division, Central Railway, at his at his home there,” Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.
“When we reached Bapat’s home to wish and greet him on his 101th birthday, his whole family was surprised and thanked us for the visit. We have informed him that Bapat will now get double the amount of pension from this month as a goodwill gesture from Central Railway,” personnel officer BS Ramteke said.
We took bouquets, sweets and a birthday greeting letter from the Divisional Railway Manager Vivek Kumar Gupta for him, Ramteke added.
“Dad joined the railways in 1951 and retired around 1978. He had a glorious career as a train guard,” says his proud daughter Surekha Bapat.
“Even the railways are not aware that he has been an army man. He fought in the Second World War and has been to many countries during the battle. He took voluntary retirement from the army after seven years or so and joined the railways, where he worked as a train guard,” she said.