A Durgapur MBBS aspirant and her mother died on Saturday after robbers raided their train in UP.
“I had to pay a heavy price for my dream to see her as a doctor. I lost her and my wife.” said Dilip Dom, a 45 Years old Taxi Driver as he waited for the bodies of daughter Manisha Kumari Supan Dom, 21, and wife Meena Dom to arrive at the family’s home in Durgapur’s Ranchi Colony.
When the mortal remains of Manisha and Meena arrived at Durgapur station, residents of Ranchi Colony, were upset seeing the two bodies placed in one coffin.
“Manisha was our pride and the first girl from Ranchi Colony to appear for medical entrance exams and achieve a position where she could hope to take admission in a medical college. How could the railways send two bodies in one coffin? We demand compensation and a job for the family,” one neighbour said.
Manisha, her mother and a relative, Akash Mallick, were headed to Kota to explore possibilities of admission in a medical college there. They died after falling off the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Superfast Express during a scuffle with robbers near Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday.
Manisha had ranked 802 (SC category) and 5,000 in the general category in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
Dilip had tried his best to educate his three daughters and a son by working overtime. Manisha’s brother Bikash is a BTech and works with a private cellphone firm in Calcutta. Dilip’s two other daughters completed their graduation and are married.
According to Akash, within an hour of the train leaving Delhi around 2.50am on Saturday, the robbers, who had boarded posing as passengers, brandished weapons and went on a looting spree. “They snatched a bag and gold chain from Meena. Manisha tried to resist. A scuffle broke out when the train was gradually slowing down as a station was approaching,” said Akash.
The robbers were trying to get off the train near Vrindavan. Meena was clinging to her bag. “During the scuffle, they (Meena and the robbers) reached near the door. Meena fell off the train. Seeing her mother fall off, Manisha jumped out to save her,” said Akash.
A rail official said an inquiry would be conducted and the other demands “looked into”.
Lack of security in the train resulted in the loss of two lives.
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