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Student Died While Clicking Selfie With Speeding Train In Background

2015-11-27 22:50

One of the injured students Abhishek Roy at JNM Hospital in Kalyani. Picture by PALASH SARKAR


Kalyani, Nov. 27: A selfie with a fast approaching train in the background turned fatal for two first year students of Kalyani Mahabidyalay on Friday afternoon when one of the students died after hit by the train while the other was critically injured.

The deceased student was identified as Sourav De (20), who succumbed to the injuries a little after he was rushed to JNM hospital by his classmates.

The deceased first year student of BA general course was a resident of Jhautala area of North 24 parganas Shyamnagar.

Sourav was also involved in business while studying simultaneously and had also married his long time fiancé in last year.

His friend Abhishek Roy was injured in the incident and admitted to the same hospital. However his condition is stable, hospital sources claimed. He is also a BA general course student and a resident of Shyamnagar.

The bizarre incident occurred at about 2 pm when a Kalyani Simanta bound train from Sealdah was fast approaching towards Kalyani Ghoshpara station leaving the Kalyani Silpanchal station.

Sources claimed that many students of the college were roaming in the adjacent pavement along the railway track during the time due a break. The students were largely off the class due to ongoing registration under Kalyani University.

A student who refused to view identified said: "I saw the two students sitting near the railway tracks like many of us as we often do. They hail from same area and was close friends. I heard the horn of the train too a few meters away from where they stood. Suddenly i saw that they stood up and went in the middle of the track and started clicking selfie. Many students tried to alert them, but they appeared to be determined to snap the selfie. They, however, jumped off the track at the last moment. But it was too late as they dashed by the front edges of the train. We rushed to the spot and took them to Jnm hospital".

"Sourav was bleeding profusely from his head and he fell unconscious. There were other injury marks on his body. The doctor put him on ventilation immediately", the student said.

A doctor at JNM hospital said: "both the students suffered head injuries. But sourav's had fatal head injuries, an internal hemorrhage as we suspect".

Abhishek Roy, the other injured student was not allowed to talk by his classmates at the hospital.

His friends, however, refused to elaborate under what circumstances the it friends suddenly become interested about such a deadly selfie.

"I heard they recently watched Amir Khan's Ghulam Where the actor had acted in a similar deadly stunt against a speeding train. I suspect that they might be inspired by the stunt", the student said.

Professor Joydeb Saha, who was the teacher in charge on the day, said: "I am shocked hearing about the incident. We the teachers on several occasions alerted the students not to go close to the rail tracks, but the students never given heed to our request. I heard that the two students were taking selfie against a speeding train standing on the rail track. We will now discuss the matter with the colleges governing body to impose a sort of restrictions on movements of students towards rail tracks".

"However I hope that the students are quite mature to realize the danger in such gesture ", he added.

Students feel such restrictions would be quite impossible as the students use short cut way along the rail track to reach college. The Kalyani college is located on Kanchrapara-Kalyani bus road. The rail line toward Kalyani simanta runs parallel to the road. The gap between college gate and rail track is barely 40 meter.

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