Anil Vennavalli proved that no good deed goes unpunished.
The data administrator was headed to work Friday morning from Edison, N.J., to Manhattan when he watched a woman faint and collapse onto the tracks — when he rushed down to help her, a thief swiped his backpack.
“How can they do this in this situation? I felt very bad,” the married dad of two told The Post.
Vennavalli didn’t think twice when he saw Madhuri Recherla, 26, faint and fall onto the tracks. He put his backpack down on the platform, climbed down with another commuter and carried the woman to safety. She had fainted because she didn’t have anything to eat or drink that morning.
“By the time we moved her to the other platform the train came, we barely got her out of the way, maybe one minute to spare,” the 34-year-old Piscataway resident said.
When Vennavalli returned to the platform after the heroic rescue, he realized his bag was gone.
“I had my VPN, my hotspot, my laptop, my work ID card [in the bag] so I was like ‘how can I work?’”
He also had Bose headphones in the bag, bus tickets, his PATH commuter card and $200 in cash he was bringing to an ATM in Manhattan near his job to deposit — bringing the total loss to about $1,500.
Vennavalli said he couldn’t believe someone would rob him as he was saving another person’s life.
“We know these things happen off and on but not in this moment. When someone is going to save a life, how can he think about stealing?” Vennavalli griped.
“How can they think about the cheap things?”
Despite the loss, Vennavalli said he doesn’t regret what he did.
“I’m glad we saved her and helped her. Money and things you can replace but not a human life.”
The Edison Township Police Department is combing through security cameras to find the thief behind the deed.
In a statement, they called the crime “disgusting and outrageous.”
Vennavalli, an immigrant from India who came to the U.S. ten years ago, has a two-year-old daughter and nine-month-old son at home.
He said the experience can be a lesson for them.
“You should be ready to help anyone in any situation… it’s humanity.”
Credit: NY Post