The railway station at Begunkador has been deserted since 1972, when the Railways decided to close it down. All that remains of the station is a dilapidated building and clumps of balsam trees.
Villagers claim no one dares to venture close to the station after dusk, as it is haunted. They say they have seen a figure in a white saree dancing on the platform or walking along the tracks.
The Railways has plans to revive the station. The railway standing committee chairman and CPI(M) Parliamentarian Basudev Acharya said, “After an inquiry it was found that the station became useless after the narrow gauge line was converted into broad gauge. Over the years, most railway officials were transferred to other railway stations and finally only one employee was left. Due to man power crises, he refused to work under tremendous pressure.”
The Ranchi division of the South Eastern Railway conducted several inquiries and rubbished claims of villagers.
School teacher Nil Dhaj Kumar said, “Many years ago, after a woman was run at the tracks, people started spreading tales of the station being haunted.”
After Madan Gope, the lone railway employee who used to man the station, died under mysterious circumstances, the villagers got all the more spooked. Now there is just one employee left at the station.
Local Congress MLA Nepal Mahato said, “More than 50,000 people who stay in areas close to the station are traders. With the closure of the railway station it has become difficult for them to run the business. We are talking to railway officials to make the station operational again. A hospital is also coming up close to the station.”