Tough time for kin, no info on passengers
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Family members and friends had a harrowing time finding out about the passengers travelling in S11 coach of the Tamil Nadu Express.
As per the list of the injured issued by the Railways, nine people had boarded the coach from Delhi and eight of them suffered minor burns, while one Sukhvinder Singh sustained 80 per cent burns.
Harpreet Singh (24) from Jalandhar was travelling by a train for the first time. "We came to know about the incident through TV. My brother Harpreet and cousin Gurpreet were in that bogie. We haven't received any information about them. Their names are not on the list of injured. A local agent had arranged a job for Harpreet in Malaysia. They were supposed to take a flight from Chennai in the evening," said Jaipreet, his sister. She added: "My brother was travelling with one Rohit Khosla. He had called up in the morning to tell us that he had jumped out of the train when it caught fire, but he didn't know if my brother was safe or not."
Karma Dutt (42) from Ropar had a reserved seat in S3, but he had gone to S11 to be with his friends, said his brother Neeraj. "We have no idea about his well-being. His name doesn't figure on the list of injured," said R K Sharma, Karma's brother-in-law.
A Hussain (55), a cooperative sub-registrar working in Tirunelveli, survived. "He had come for a five-day training programme at Topic Institute, Gurgaon. We didn't have any information about him initially, but later saw his name on the list of injured," said an official from the institute.
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