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Agonising wait for lost 12-yr-old

He is alone, traumatised and won’t say much. Officials at the Suri Sadar Hospital are hoping someone will come looking for 12-year-old Asraful Haq, who was injured in Monday’s train accident.

kolkata Updated: Jul 20, 2010 00:39 IST
Saptarshi Banerjee

He is alone, traumatised and won’t say much.

Officials at the Suri Sadar Hospital are hoping someone will come looking for 12-year-old Asraful Haq, who was injured in Monday’s train accident.

The boy, a resident of Malda who was on the Vananchal Express, screamed in pain as doctors and nurses dressed his wounds.

Most of the injured have been admitted in Suri Sadar Hospital, 19 km from the crash site.

Asraful, who suffered minor injuries on the head and arm, eventually said that he was travelling alone.

But most other questions were met with blank stares — until a purse was found in his pocket.

The purse contained a small piece of paper, with two names and what looked liked a mobile phone number written on it in a shaky handwriting. Perhaps, Asraful’s father, Imtiaz Ali, was the owner of the mobile.

But calling the number didn’t help as the phone was switched off.

Hospital authorities provided Asraful with a separate bed, warm milk, bread and boiled eggs, and put him to sleep, wondering if someone would turn up to fetch him by the time he woke up.

Other victims at the hospital described the moments of the crash.

Ashish Kumar, who had boarded the Vananchal Express at Pirpaiti station, was going to Ranchi for a job interview.

“I was sitting on a single seat by the emergency window in the second last coach,” he
said.

The train started moving slowly out of Sainthia station.

“Suddenly, we heard a train coming behind us,” he said. “Within seconds there was a huge sound and we were flung all over,” said Kumar, who found himself on the tracks, with a shooting pain in his leg. “I was in no position to move.”

Rajkumari Devi, another victim, could not make it to her destination Bhagalpur, Bihar but was happy to be alive and seemingly oblivious to the injuries on her arm and hip.