A 66-YEAR-OLD man was killed after his hand got stuck in a Metro train door and was dragged for nearly 60 metres as the train started moving. The incident took place around 6.40 pm on Saturday at Park Street Metro Station. The deceased was identified as Sajal Kumar Kanjilal, who was a resident of Bosepukur Road in South Kolkata. Following the incident, Metro Railway Kolkata authorities formed an inquiry committee to look into the incident.
General Manager (Metro) P C Sharma also ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
Sources said the motorman (train driver) and the guard concerned could face suspension.
According to other passengers at Park Street metro station, the victim was trying to board a Kavi Subhas metro station bound train on the down line when his hand got stuck in the train door.
“His wrist got stuck and he tried to free himself. But the train started to move from the platform and he was dragged along with it. Four coaches of the train had left the platform when the train was stopped. The man was found unconscious nearly 60 metres away on the track,” said a fellow passenger who could not board the same train due to rush of passengers.
Elderly man dies after hand gets stuck between Kolkata Metro doors, probe ordered
As the train came to a halt after a few seconds, the power supply was switched off and the passengers were evacuated. Metro railway employees and RPF personnel deployed at the station rushed to the spot. Police sent the body to SSKM Hospital where doctors declared Kanjilal brought dead.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government would provide a job to a family member of the deceased.
Metro services were the most neglected in West Bengal and no regular efforts were taken for maintenance, she said. “During our tenure, we brought in new rakes and conducted regular maintenance. But now, no new projects are introduced,” said Banerjee.
Some of the passengers at the station blamed Metro Railway authorities for “negligence”. “It was a new rake. We know that there is a sensor in Metro train doors that should warn the motorman in case anyone is stuck between the doors. If the train started moving from the platform, it can be assumed that those sensors did not work. What were RPF personnel doing? They are deployed to see no one is stuck in the door. There was no no RPF personnel present at the spot when the incident occurred,” claimed a passenger.
Following the incident, Metro services were suspended from 6:43 pm to 7:30 pm.
Indrani Bandyopadhyay, chief public relations officer (CPRO), Metro Railway, Kolkata, said, “It is a very unfortunate incident and is unprecedented in the history of Metro Railway Kolkata. We have started a probe and a three-member inquiry committee has been formed.”
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim visited Park Street Metro station after the incident.
“The police are conducting an inquiry. As there has been a death, a case will be filed. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sent me here to look into the matter. I don’t know whether there is any negligence or not. But I can assure you that the state government will take necessary steps on this,” he told mediapersons.
After the incident, the metro rake was sent to car shed and will be inspected on Monday by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.