A 30-year-old woman lost her life after falling from a moving train near Kasargod railway station on Monday morning. The woman, identified as Shabana, was travelling from Mangaluru to Thiruvananthapuram with her husband and two children.
How the incident happened
According to the police, the incident occurred around 7.30 am when the train was passing through a curve near the station. Shabana, who was sitting near the door of the S3 coach, lost her balance and fell off the train. She suffered severe head injuries and died on the spot.
Her husband, Abdul Rahman, who was sleeping on the upper berth, woke up after hearing the commotion and realised that his wife was missing. He pulled the chain and stopped the train. He then got down and searched for his wife along the tracks. He found her body lying in a pool of blood about 500 metres away from the station.
The rescue operation
The railway staff and the Government Railway Police (GRP) reached the spot and shifted the body to the Kasargod General Hospital for post-mortem. The train, which was delayed by about 20 minutes, resumed its journey after the completion of the formalities.
The GRP registered a case of accidental death and launched an investigation. They collected the statements of the witnesses and the family members of the deceased. They also examined the CCTV footage of the station to ascertain the exact sequence of events.
The family’s background
Shabana, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, was married to Abdul Rahman, a businessman based in Mangaluru. They had two children, a 10-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. They were on their way to Thiruvananthapuram to attend a wedding function of a relative.
Shabana’s relatives in Thiruvananthapuram were informed about the tragedy and they rushed to Kasargod to receive the body. They expressed shock and grief over the untimely demise of Shabana, who was described as a loving and caring person.
The safety measures
The incident has raised questions about the safety of passengers travelling on trains, especially those sitting near the doors. The railway authorities have advised the passengers to avoid leaning out or standing near the doors while the train is in motion. They have also urged the passengers to use the emergency stop button or the chain in case of any emergency.
The railway officials have also assured that they will take necessary steps to prevent such mishaps in the future. They have said that they will install more CCTV cameras and sensors on the trains and the tracks to monitor the movement of the passengers and the trains. They have also said that they will conduct awareness campaigns and workshops to educate the passengers about the dos and don’ts of train travel.