Amit Bhakuni, 40, was travelling with his wife Pooja and two sons, aged eleven and four, in the B-3 coach of the Indore-Patna Express to attend a wedding when the train derailed. An area manager with Lupin’s Ascender Division, Amit, died on the spot while Pooja, a teacher at a private professional college, is critical after having suffered a severe head injury. The sons escaped with minor injuries, Amit’s relatives and colleagues told The Indian Express.
Son of a retired sales tax officer, Amit began as a medical representative and was promoted and posted as area manager in Indore in 2012. He had returned from Mumbai and had boarded the train from Indore for Kanpur to attend the marriage of his sister’s cousin. It was around 4 am that Amit’s in-laws came to know about the tragedy from villagers living near the mishap site.
“He was dead and my sister was unconscious but the children suffered only minor injuries,” Amit’s brother-in-law said.
Meanwhile, Indore station saw a rush of anxious relatives early in the morning. After Indore, the train had passed through Dewas, Ujjain, Shujalpur stations before reaching Bhopal where nearly 160 passengers boarded the reserved compartments.
But unlike the Indore railway station, few relatives turned up at the control room set up in Bhopal because many had left for Kanpur before noon.
“I visited the Indore station around 6 am and again returned after few hours, but the railway officials were unable to provide any information about my brother who had boarded the S-2 coach. We got in touch with relatives who live near Kanpur but they could not locate him in any hospital. Four relatives then decided to leave for the spot from Indore,’’ said Amarnath Sharma, whose brother Dudhnath Sharma had occupied berth No 52.
The Madhya Pradesh government, meanwhile, rushed medical and rescue teams from Chhatarpur, Sagar and Datia.