In a horrible train accident in Pukhrayan on Sunday morning, 30 km away from Kanpur, around 129 people were reportedly killed. People from nearby villages reached to take out the survivors from damaged coaches. But recently news came out that some people have tried to snatch valuables from the injured.
A passenger, Shyamlal Singh, who was on board the Indore-Patna Express that derailed, early Sunday morning said that some people were helped injured people, but others targeted them to snatch their valuable things, reported by HT.
Anti-social elements have activated and trying to snatch valuables of survivors
This was worst train accident in six years that killed 129 people. A 20-years-old girl Ruchi Gupta form Mau in Uttar Pradesh, couldn’t find her clothes and jewellery as she worriedly looked at her father. In the accident, she broke an arm and her siblings sisters and brothers were admitted to hospitals with severe injuries. The family was traveling to Mau for her December 1 wedding.
A police officer said that “Anti-social elements active after the train accident might have escaped with her belongings,”
On the other hand, many villagers have stepped out to help needy people. A villager took three children whose parents were missing to the Pukhrayan health center for treatment. He left the children at the hospital and returned to the accident spot to help others.
A toddler after he left, a group of villagers reached the health center. They asked officials to take him out from there as they knew his parents and wanted to take the children to his parents. Hospital staff spoke to the children but they could not identify the villagers, who ran away after police were alerted. The Children are 10, 5, 2years old. I have instructed the staff that they would send home anybody, especially children after proper identification of family members,” director-general Sunil Kumar Srivastava said.
Hospitals and other non-government places have been overwhelmed by the injured
Hospitals in Pukhrayan and nearby towns were overcrowded; even non-government organizations, guest houses, and Dharamshala in the area had filled with injured. Doctors visited them and shifted the gravely injured to Kanpur medical college and other government facilities.
A cold storage owner had offered to store unidentified bodies for three days, said Srivastava. “We will preserve the DNA sample of the dead passenger whose relatives do not turn up he said.
Several doctors with private practice lent a hand to doctors in government hospitals. Some even opened the doors of their nursing homes and arranged blood donors for those in need of emergency surgery, a health official said.
Railways trying to find out the cause of train accident
In the deadly accident, fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed on Sunday morning in Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, killing 129 people and injuring more than 200. The train left Indore Madhya Pradesh on the way to Patna in Bihar.
A probe has been ordered to find out the actual cause of the train accident. Officials suspect a fracture or crack in the tracks could have the reason of derailed. Indian Railways desperately needs to upgrade its creaking British-era infrastructure to manage the traffic and thwart accidents.