Exclusive: When an Assam mosque came in help to locate untraced passenger of the Guwahati-Bikaner train
Guwahati: A Friday Namaz (prayer) literally came as a rescue for Safikul Ali who was injured in the Bikaner-Guwahati train mishap that occurred on Thursday.
Currently being treated at Super Specialty Hospital, Jalpaiguri, Ali was one of the unfortunate travellers in the ill-fated train when it derailed claiming at least nine lives and multiple injured.
Ali though was alive but was worried as he couldn’t contact his family members back in Assam. That’s when Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw met him during a visit to the hospital and came to know that his family members were yet to be informed.
Under the instruction of the minister, the railway ministry then decided to send a postman to his native village to contact his family.
“After failing to locate any family member by the messenger, an announcement was made through the mosque the usually used for namaaz. Through this announcement, his family members were informed and communicated with railway authorities. His brother Moidul Ali is now on his way,” said Northeast Frontier Railway official.
Meanwhile, two Assam passengers have been feared dead in the Bikaner-Guwahati train mishap.
The deceased were identified as one Sahida Khatun (12) and Shanta Devi (68).
Names of other deceased passengers are as follows:
Lalu Kumar (56) (Uttar Pradesh), From (Coach Behar) Chiranjeet Barman (23), Subhash Rai (38), Samrat Karji (17), Randeep Barman (42) Mangal Uran (40), Asansol Railway Employee Ajit Prasad (33)
According to sources, up to 36 more people are undergoing treatment, with a few of them are in critical condition.
The injured are being treated at the North Bengal Medical College, Maynaguri Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital.
A total of 250 people have been rescued from the wreckage. Due to Covid-induced restrictions, the Railways reported there were fewer passengers onboard than usual, sources added.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Railways Minister stated he is personally watching the situation and has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the rescue efforts.
An ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those who receive grievous injuries and Rs 25,000 for those who suffer minor injuries.
On Thursday, 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed and capsized near Domohani in Jalpaiguri district.
An inquiry headed by Commissioner, Railway Safety has been ordered into the cause of the accident.