In a freak yet horrific accident, a daily commuter traveling by Kolkata tube railways on Saturday was literally sandwiched to death between a coach and the tunnel walls after his palm got trapped between the sliding doors which refused to open and he was dragged at least a hundred metre inside the tunnel.
The train which should otherwise have stopped on the doors not locking fully continued to speed away as the censors would not work properly.
The passengers inside the bogey tried to push the trapped person out so as to save him from being dragged failed in their effort as the 40-year-old victim identified as Sajal Kanjilal kept on shouting and shrieking till his voice faded into silence.
The rescue party of the Kolkata Metro Railways later recovered his mutilated corpse from inside the tunnel as it lay lifeless between the wall and railway track. The accident occurred off the south-bound platform of Kolkata Park Street station.
Even as the authorities blamed it to a freak technical failure the commuters complained complete recklessness on the part of the staff and the RPF professionals as none came to rescue the passenger despite public uproar.
“What were the CCTV cameras doing? Why the security staff were not keeping a tab on the camera so that the power could be cut off as soon as it happened?” asked an agitated commuter wondering why the motorman (driver) or the guard would not listen to the loud noise from the crowd both inside and outside the moving train.
The erring staff have been suspended the Metro authorities said.
Reacting to the incident Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the present government at the Centre was neglecting the Kolkata metro railways. “They are not spending funds here because of political reasons,” she said adding “when I was the Railway Minister I divided the Metro Railways into zones and took regular feedback on its security system.” The Government offered a job to the next of the kin of the victim.