New Delhi: A railway worker was attacked and his limbs amputated after refusing to open a level crossing gate as a train was approaching, officials said on Monday.

“Kunadan Pathak, who was manning the railway level gate number 19 between Narela and Rathdhana, was attacked by three bike-borne assailants over his refusal to open the gate as the 18101 Muri Express was approaching,” a senior Northern Railway official said.

“Pathak’s both hands and legs have been amputated by miscreants and his neck has also been injured by the assailants,” the official said.

Pathak has been admitted to the Railway’s Central hospital in New Delhi where he is undergoing surgery, the official said.

The incident occurred on Monday at 12.40am. Pathak, a resident of Banka district in Bihar, joined the railways in 2013.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also visited the hospital.

“All expenses are being taken care of by the Railways to see to it that he survives and comes back amongst us,” the official said.

The official added that an FIR has been lodged against the unidentified assailants.

Five trains were delayed following the attack on Pathak.