Amid the confusion and speculation over the death toll in the derailment of the two trains, people rushed to Harda railway station on Thursday to look for their loved ones.
Krishna Navi, a truck driver who was travelling in the Janata Express, was trying to rescue other passengers when he realised that his 17-year-old nephew Vikas, who was holding his hand till some time ago, was missing.
“The train was stationary when we realised water was gushing inside. It took us a while to understand what was happening. I was trying to rescue others before I realised I had lost my nephew,’’ Krishna said.
After spending a whole day looking for his nephew, Krishna said he was almost certain that Vikas had died in the mishap. He pointed out that the water current took several bodies away.
Parvatibai, a resident of Resalpura near Itarsi, was waiting at the railway station to hear from her husband Sampatrao, 55, and son Sonu, 22. The two had gone to Khandwa on a pilgrimage and boarded the Kamayani Express to return home.
She went to the government hospital to check if the two were being treated there. From there, she was directed to the Harda railway station to look at photographs of the unidentified victims.
“I was relieved when I did not see their faces among the photographs of victims, but I don’t know where they could be. I don’t know how long to wait here,’’ she said.
Kanchedilal and Hirabai, an aged couple, took a rescue train back to Itarsi late on Thursday afternoon after they failed to get any news about their missing son Prabhudayal, 30, and his wife Sangeeta, 25.
Prabhudayal and Sangeeta had gone to Bhusawal for medical treatment.
Kanchedilal and Hirabai also made the rounds of the hospital and the Harda railway station, but failed to find the couple.