Malda, Feb. 7: A 52-year-old man and his physically challenged son died while trying to board a moving train from Samsi station this morning.
Sarifuddin Sheikh slipped while trying to rescue his 22-year-old son Noor Hussain and got crushed under the Katihar-Malda Passenger that was pulling out around 8.40am.
Noor fell to the ground when people jostled to board the train. He suffered head injuries and was taken to the Malda Medical College and Hospital where he died around 4.30pm.
Samsi is 40km from here.
Sources said the residents of Dwarkirana village in Harishchandrapur were on the way to the medical college. “They had applied for a handicapped person’s certificate and for that the youth needed to be examined at the Malda Medical College,” said Najimuddin Sheikh, a relative, after being told about the incident.
Four other persons suffered minor injuries in the rush to board the train.
Following the incident, passengers demonstrated at the station. “The train is supposed to stop for 10 minutes. It arrived 40 minutes late and did not stop for that long. The physically challenged boy fell, his father tried to grab him but fell beneath the train. The train did not stop,” said Niyamuddin Shiekh, a witness.
Divisional railway manager of Northeast Frontier Railway, Katihar division, Arun Sharma, said: “The incident is unfortunate.”