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A passenger train being hauled by an electric locomotive in Kerala, India. Image Credit: Agency

Thiruvananthapuram: A 63-year-old Kerala man fell off a train while returning to his compartment with tea for his son — who is a person of determination — and himself.

When the train reached its destination the young son, having failed to find his father, walked 13 kilometres to his home.

The deceased was identified as Neduvottu Mahamood, 63, a native of Muliyar in Kerala’s Kasaragod district.

Local media reported that he had travelled to Mangalore in neighbouring Karnataka state with his son, Harris, for the latter’s treatment.

Harris is among hundreds of people who were born with various conditions, apparently owing to indiscriminate use of the pesticide Endosulfan in plantations in Kasaragod district.

The tragedy happened on their return journey on Saturday night when Mahamood went to buy a cup of tea each for his son and himself.

While boarding the train with the tea cups in hand, he tripped and went under the train and both his legs were severed.

He was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved, and his personal details were known from an identity card retrieved from his pocket.

Unaware of the tragic accident, son Harris continued the train journey.

When the train reached its destination in Kasaragod, Harris walked the 13 kilometres to his home, as he could not find his father.

When the news of Mahamood’s death was conveyed through a phone call to his family in Kasaragod, the relatives feared for Harris, but he reached home on Sunday morning.

Mahamood’s final rites were held on Sunday. He leaves behind his wife Ummali, and five children including Harris.