A septuagenarian Congress leader was mowed down by a train near Ghatshila railway station, about 45km from Jamshedpur, in East Singhbhum on Friday morning.
Vice-president of East Singhbhum district Congress committee Bhuwan Sahu (72) was killed when he was crossing the tracks near Kashida on Kharagpur-Tatanagar section around 8.30am.
By the time Sahu noticed the Tatanagar-bound train, it was too late. His body was flung off around 25 metres from the tracks.
Senior railway superintendent, Tatanagar, Mritunjay Kishore said the accident took place as the elderly was taking a short cut to Ghatshila township from his Belajuri house in the same subdivision. “The mishap took place on the eastern end of the station near Kashida crossing,” Kishore told The Telegraph.
An eyewitness said the deceased had taken a look towards the left while going towards the track, but a transformer might have blocked his view of the approaching train.
“From the way the old man was walking, it appeared that he was conscious enough to see any train. He may have missed the blaring whistle and the train owing poor hearing and sight,” said Hemant Parmanik.
“Sahu’s demise is an irreparable loss to the people of Ghatshila, especially to Congressmen,” said party president of Ghatshila block Rajksihore Singh.
District president Ravindra Jha, too, expressed his condolence.
This was the second such mishap to have happened in and around Jamshedpur in recent past. A month ago, a 65-year-old man was mowed down by a speeding train near Dukhu Market in Jugsalai police station area.