A passenger experiencing labour pain caused a long distance express train to make an unscheduled emergency halt at a railway station in north Bihar so that she could be rushed to hospital.
The 15716 Ajmer-Kishanganj Garib Nawaz Express train was ordered to be stopped at Dighwara station, about 50 km north of state capital, Patna, late night on Wednesday, to address the emergency.
BNP Verma, senior divisional commercial (DCM) manager of Sonepur division of the east central railway (ECR) zone, confirmed the incident. The decision to make the unscheduled halt was driven by humanitarian considerations, he said.
“The train made a 23 minute (2047 hrs to 2110 hrs) unscheduled stoppage at Dighwara, between Chapra and Sonepur junction, after the train guard alerted the Sonepur control room that a passenger travelling in coach S6 couldn’t wait to deliver," Verma told HT Thursday.
The senior DCM said the control room got the railway track cleared so that the train could reach Dighwara at the earliest. A doctor and a nurse were waiting at the station and rushed her to the local primary health centre.
“She delivered a girl child there," he added.
Other sources identified the woman as Navroz Begum, wife of Anzar Alam, a resident of Kochadhaman, close to the eastern Bihar district headquarters town of Kishanganj, the train’s termination point.
Alam, they said, worked as a scrap dealer at Ajmer in Rajasthan and was travelling to his native village in Kochadhaman in eastern Bihar with his pregnant wife when she ran into labour.
“The mother and child are both fine," said a railway officer.
The ‘running status’ info site of the railways, however, showed the express train reached its destination almost 10 hours behind schedule, the unexpected halt contributing significantly to the ‘derailment’ of its itinerary.