Kharagpur, July 26: The body of a 14-year-old Naga student, who went missing between Howrah and Kharagpur railway stations on July 20, was identified by his father last night.
The boy, Ikangwang, had boarded Karmabhumi Express from Kamakshya junction in Assam on July 19 along with 36 other Naga students and was bound for Amsena in Nuapada district of Odisha for admission into Class IX in a Gurukul Ashram-run school.
Of the 37 students, 10 wanted to get admission in the Odisha school while 27 were returning to the school after summer vacation. They were accompanied by Amit Kumar, teacher in a Dimapur school and a social worker.
On July 20, Ikangwang went missing from the train following which Kumar filed a missing diary with the Government Railway Police.
The GRP officials said they had found the boy’s decomposed body beside the railway track at Arambati, 5km from Kharagpur railway station, on July 22 but could not identify it. They had also recovered another decomposed body from the railway track at Jokpur, about 12km from Arambati, the same day.
Ikangwang’s body was identified by his father Kilunglim, a Hindi teacher in a government high school in Peren district of Nagaland, who arrived in Kharagpur last night along with some members of the Naga Students’ Union, when the two bodies were shown to him.
“The Naga boy’s father identified the body as that of his son by his face, hair and teeth as the body did not have any clothes,” a GRP official said. He suspected that the boy might have slipped from the moving train while standing at the door in a towel after taking a bath.
“However, we are exploring all angles to ascertain the cause of his death. We are awaiting the post mortem report,” the official added.
The boy’s father said he had sent his son to the Odisha school with Kumar to learn Hindi properly.
Kumar said he had admitted many students in Odisha since 2007. He said 10 students, including Ikangwang, were travelling with him while 27 were returning by the same train after having spent their summer vacation in Nagaland.
Kumar said the train had left Kamakshya junction at 9.30pm on July 19 and reached Howrah station at 8pm the next day.
“I asked all the boys to go to bed at that time and I saw Ikangwang then.” The train reached Kharagpur around 9.30pm. After the train left the station, he noticed the boy wasn’t there. Kumar got off at Jamshedpur, where the train reached around midnight, and informed the train’s guard, who asked him to inform the GRP at Chakradharpur, which they reached around 1am on July 21. He lodged a missing diary there but was asked to lodge another one at Kharagpur. He returned to Kharagpur while the boys proceeded to Odisha with the senior students.
At Kharagpur, the GRP asked for a picture of the boy. Kumar returned to Calcutta, collected the picture and then lodged a missing diary with the Kharagpur GRP on July 23.
Ikangwang’s elder brother Kesutlung, who accompanied their father and a search team of 30 students of the Naga Students’ Union, said they had reached Nagaland House in Calcutta yesterday morning.