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Calcutta man dies on tracks

A 50-year-old resident of Calcutta was found on the railway tracks near Tatanagar station with his legs severed early on Thursday morning. He died in hospital a few hours later.

It is not clear how Shyamal Maity — a former schoolteacher of Salt Lake — met with the fatal accident, but the GRP suspect that he got off the train near the east cabin signal and failed to climb back safely when the train resumed its journey.

Officer-in-charge of Tatanagar GRP Ajay Thakur said railway police received the news around 4.30am, nearly an hour after the Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, on which Maity was scheduled to travel to Raipur, left the station.

“He was barely conscious, but managed to give his name and contact details. We called his home and rushed him to Railway Hospital. Since the bleeding did not stop, doctors referred him to MGM Medical College and Hospital, where he died around 7am,” the officer said.

A doctor at MGM, who had attended to Maity, said he bled to death.

According to Thakur, there were no eyewitnesses to the incident. “So, it is difficult to say how the man met with the accident.

However, one thing is clear that he did not fall off a running train. Had it been the case, he would have suffered head injuries too. It seems he slipped between the wheels while trying to climb back at the signal,” the officer said.

S. Mukherjee, a friend of the victim’s son-in-law Amit Dhar and who lives in Mango, Jamshedpur, reached MGM hospital after receiving the news.

“My friend’s father- in-law had boarded the Ahmedabad Express from Howrah around 11pm on Wednesday. His daughter and son-in-law stay in Bangalore and are rushing to Jamshedpur. His wife has been informed in Calcutta,” Mukherjee said.


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