| Marble Engineering College students stage a protest in Siwan on Thursday. Picture by Abhishek Kumar |
Abhishek Kumar Chaudhry defied death for a long time, but not long enough to fulfil his parents’ dream to see him an engineer.
The second-year student of Marble Engineering College died while being taken to Patna Medical College and Hospital in the small hours of Thursday. He was the eighth victim of Wednesday’s accident involving 13019 Up Bagh-Express and a bus at Chap in Siwan district. The Bagh Express had rammed into the bus carrying students of Marble Engineering College, killing seven of his friends.
Hours have passed since the accident, but Abhishek’s parents still cannot believe that he is no more. “E ka bahail bhagwan, Abhishek ke hamni se kahe chin le la (What sin we had committed God that you snatched our son from us)?” cried Sima Devi, his mother, as his body was brought to their Shastri Nagar mohalla under Siwan Town police station. “He was a promising student. Time is the greatest healer, but can the loss of a son be healed?” asked Ashok Chaudhry, his father.
“Abhishek bhaiya was a very caring person,” recalled Anamika, his sister.
The atmosphere was same at Nahid’s house. The 20-year-old resident of Dashin Tola under Siwan town police station was among the seven students who had died on the spot. His mother, Raushan Tara, could not speak a word.
Sangita Priya’s father Aniruddha Prasad Srivastav, also a resident of Shanti Nagar mohalla, said, “I was confident that she would make it big in life. Now everything is over. Sangita will, however, always be alive for me.”
Minister of state for railways K.H. Muniyappa said the railways owned up to the accident, while Siwan railway station superintendent J.N. Prasad said disregard for signal by the driver of the train had caused the mishap.