Patna, Oct 12: One of the two cousins, who was travelling in the North East Express on Wednesday evening died after the train faced an accident at Buxar, whereas the other one narrowly escaped from approaching death.
Abu Jaid, 27, a part-time motor vehicle driver, and his cousin Md Nasir, 18, were travelling in the same coach of the ill-fated AC-III tier coach B7 of the 12506 North East Express which derailed in Bihar’s Buxar district.
As many as four passengers travelling in the B7 coach died following the mishap while Nasir escaped unscathed, Jaid, travelling on berth number 68, was among the four casualties reported so far in the train mishap.
Jaid, a resident of Saptiya Bishanpur village in Bihar’s Kishanganj district, was returning from Delhi, where he had gone three days ago along with his sister and brother-in-law, to see them off for Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
“We were about to go to sleep after having our dinner when the coach derailed”, recalled Nasir.
“Initially, I did not understand what had happened when the speeding train jolted all of a sudden with a tremendous sound. Everything was beyond our control. I searched for Jaid but didn’t find him. Later, I came to know that he was crushed to death in the train accident,” said Nasir.
Jaid’s mother, Khursheeda Begum remained inconsolable being aware of Jaid’s untimely death.
“His (Jaid’s) sister and her husband were going for Umrah in Saudi Arabia. Jaid had accompanied them to Delhi to see them off, and was returning home, when he met with the fatal accident,” the sobbing mother said.
“We were thinking about Jaid’s marriage. Jaid was planning to shift to Delhi in search of a job, so that he could be financially independent before marriage, but destiny had different plans,” she said.
Kishanganj district magistrate (DM) Tushar Singla said the family will be provided all possible assistance asking the officials to reach out to the bereaved family.
Mujahid Alam, a former legislator of the JD (U), who visited the family, said the body was being brought to Kochadhaman after postmortem examination.