After deaths, grim search for bodies
Kolkata: A day after the tragic train collision between Uttarbanga Express and Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in Birbhum district of West Bengal claimed 68 lives, the search for the missing continues with distraught relatives of the victims looking for the bodies of their loved ones.
On Monday, six-year-old Golu Mishra, who was travelling with his family in one of the ill-fated trains, was found by his parents within hours after CNN-IBN aired his photograph.
However, others were not so lucky. Fifty-five-year-old Narad Yadav from Sabibganj, Jharkhand could be seen searching for his missing son Gautam who was traveling in the unreserved compartment of Vananchal Express. According to Yadav, Gautam was travelling with four of his friends to Ranchi to appear for an exam.
Tapan Das, whose relative went missing, has been camping at the accident site since Monday. His relative was going to Ranchi for an eye operation.
"I am looking for my relatives but I haven't got any information yet," says Das.
The Railways and the police have set up a control room to help those coming to the accident site in large numbers find their relatives.
Monday's train accident is the fifteenth such disaster in the last eleven months. At about 2 am on Monday, Sealdah bound Uttarbanga Express collided into a stationary Vananchal Express at Sainthia station.
The train's luggage van was completely damaged but the maximum impact of the collision was felt by the last 2 general unreserved bogies of the Vananchal Express. After collision, many passengers were left trapped inside the compartments.
And while the exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, the chairman of the Railway Board on Monday hinted that human error could have led to the accident.