“It’s God’s grace,” said Jagdish Ray.
Thirty-seven-year-old Ray, a Kolkata-based software engineer who was visiting Mumbai for work, was relieved to know his younger brother, Sandip, had survived the accident involving the Howrah-Mumbai Gyaneshwari Express at West Midnapore on Friday.
Sandip (33), a Commerce graduate, was coming to Mumbai for an interview. He was travelling in coach A1.
Jagdish had a tough time all morning trying to find out whether his brother was safe. “I have been frantically trying to contact anybody who could help me with updates on my brother,” Jagdish said.
Jagdish had boarded the same train on Wednesday and was to reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on Friday morning. “My train was on the outskirts of Mumbai when I learnt about the derailment from my fellow passengers. I realised that Sandip was on the same train,” Jagdish said. “I was hoping Sandip had missed the train.”
Jagdish’s fears came true when he could not get through Sandip’s cellphone. “The railway staff had no information on him. I then called my relatives at Kolkata and told them to check on him,” Jagdish said.
Sandip’s relatives managed to trace him among the injured. “I was relieved when they informed me that Sandip had sustained injuries but was safe. I told my relatives to admit him to a private hospital,” he said, adding he would fly to Kolkata soon.