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Pantry car hand injured on tracks

Alipurduar, May 25: A man working in the pantry car of the Dibrugarh-bound Brahmaputra Mail got his right leg severed from the knee after he fell off the moving train in Falakata near here today.

Rohim Singha, 30, cried for help for almost an hour before he was taken to the Falakata Rural Hospital. He was shifted to a private nursing home in Siliguri in the evening.

Around 2pm, when the train left Falakata, Singha who was passing the vestibule, fell on the tracks. A pantry worker saw that and informed others. When the train reached New Cooch Behar, 35km away, the workers hired a vehicle and went back to Falakata. They took Singha to the hospital.

Hospital doctor Samir Ghosh said: “There was profuse bleeding, he will need transfusion. We have referred him to NBMCH in Siliguri.”

Akhil Sarkar, a local youth, said: “We informed station manager M.K. Modi but he did not listen. We could not help the man because in August 2011, a similar incident had taken place. We had taken the injured to the hospital and the railways initiated a case against 10 people for that. The case is still going on.”

Chief public relation officer, Northeast Frontier Railway, Malegaon, Sugata Lahiri, said: “Service was not affected. If there was negligence on our part, we will see to it.”

Sadhu Ghosh, manager of a catering agency that supplies food to the railways, said: “The officials did not help the injured. We will take up the matter with the authorities concerned.”