KAUSHIK DUTTA, Midnapore: A labourer of Manbazar area in Purulia, West Bengal, died after been ran over by a goods train while he was returning home on Saturday. Akshoy Mahato, 27, of Konapara village, died in between Bhadutala and Chadrakona Road in West Midnapore district area under the jurisdiction of South Eastern Railway. Akshoy is survived by his wife, one-year-old son and parents.
He came to work in Pingla area in West Midnapore, about a month ago, but was stuck due to COVID-19 lockdown. But as there was scarcity of food and the money with him was about to end, he decided to return home.
Sources told that Akshoy came to Jakpur on foot from Pingla area. He was engaged in the construction of a bridge in Handal village under Pingla and working under a contractor. At Jakpur there is railway track and so that he would not face any problem and lost his way, he decided to walk along the railway track. But on Saturday, he died after he was ran over by a goods train.
His body was later taken to his home after the postmortem at Bankura.
“My husband made a phone call and told that he is returning home. I have no any idea how we will run our family now ,” said Bhadurani Mahato, wife of Akshoy.
On Sunday, Sandhya Rani Tudu, local MLA of Trinamool Congress, and the state minister for Backward Class Welfare department visited the family. “We will remain by the side of the family and extend necessary help,” she said
According to sources it is the fourth death of the labourer in Purulia amid lockdown.