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Bid to open ghost station in Purulia

Calcutta/Purulia, Dec. 24: A station in Purulia where no train has stopped in 35 years apparently because it is haunted by the ghost of a woman might come to life again.

Passengers did not board trains from Begunkodor and railway officials did no want to be posted at the station, said railway standing committee chairman Basudev Acharya, a CPM MP. “Such an absurd thing shouldn’t be allowed to continue,” he told South Eastern Railway general manager A.K. Jain today and urged him to resume operations at the station.

Pabitra Koibarta, a BSNL officer living in Begunkodor village, said it all began after a woman was run over while crossing the tracks.

“Panic had gripped the area then. There were even reports of people being sucked in towards passing trains and villagers started avoiding the station,” said Koibarta, 44.

Madan Gope, 65, of Jhalda said a lone railway employee used to man the station when people almost stopped using it. “He told villagers he saw a woman in a white sari dancing in the dead of night. Weeks later, he died. It was presumed that he had been killed by the ghost,” said Gope.

The next employee apparently stopped coming to work four-five days later.

The railway denied the ghost theory, saying the station became useless after the narrow gauge line was converted into broad gauge in the early 1970s and trains started moving fast.

But a senior official promised a “feasibility study to find out whether the resumption of operations would be commercially viable since the chairman” has asked for it.

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