Guwahati, Jan 15: An initiative by the Northeast Frontier Railway NFR and a mosque from Dhula in Assam has been a sigh of relief for Safikul Ali, a survivor of the fateful Bikaner-Guwahati Express that derailed on Thursday. At least nine people have been killed and several others were injured.
Reportedly, many passengers were feared trapped inside the derailed coaches and gas cutters were being used to cut open the damaged coaches.
Sharing the anecdote of Safikul Ali, the NFR on Twitter stated that he was a victim of the ill-fated train which got derailed near the Maynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal.
As Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was monitoring the situation he came across Ali who was among the injured passengers undergoing treatment at Super Specialty Hospital, Jalpaiguri on 14th January.
Taking cognisance of the fact that the injured patient- Ali who hails from Dhula (Assam) was not able to communicate with his family, Vaishnaw took it to himself and initiated a process to connect him with his family members.
With the help of the other ministry, the Railway Min sent a postman to his native village to intimate the family members of Ali about his whereabouts. However, the messenger was not able to locate Ali's family.
Meanwhile, an announcement was made from the village mosque through the loudspeakers used for Azan (call to prayer) about Ali, following which his family members were informed and communicated with railway authorities. The NFR further tweeted that his brother Moidul Ali will be attending him soon.
Following the derailment of 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express a High-level Commissioner Railway Safety inquiry has been ordered in the accident.
A compensation has been announced as ₹ 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased, ₹ 1 lakh for the grievously injured, and ₹ 25,000 for "simple injuries".