Large numbers of people continue to die in railway accidents in the Jalandhar district. As per data received from the Government Railway Police (GRP) till November this year, 304 people died in various cases of railway accidents.
Among 304, 50 cases belong to suicides, 178 cases relate to accidents, while the rest were counted under natural deaths.
The data was compiled from Phagwara, Dhiwan, Pathankot, Nakodar, Lohian Khas, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur. Officials at the GRP told HT that carelessness of locals is the main reason behind accidents.
‘Everyone is in a hurry and no one wants to wait. Even when the train is approaching, people start walking at a level-crossing, “ said Baldev Singh Randhawa, station house officer (SHO), GRP Jalandhar.
Likewise, many other reasons have attributed to incidents, including rise in suicides by jumping in front of train, felling off from the running train and natural deaths.
The GRP has further informed that the cases of suicides before the train are mostly from rural areas where railway tracks run through the fields.
Though there are no unmanned gates in the city, at least three unmanned gates are present in Hoshiarpur.
Some of the accident prone areas in the city are Guru Nanak Pura crossing, Ram Nagar crossing and Sodal railway crossing. Meanwhile in 2014, 357 cases of deaths were reported in Jalandhar, in which the highest cases were reported in June with 45 deaths.