Begunkodor

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Begunkodar
village
Begunkodar is located in West Bengal
Begunkodar
Begunkodar
Location in West Bengal, India
Begunkodar is located in India
Begunkodar
Begunkodar
Begunkodar (India)
Coordinates: 23°21′10″N 86°03′24″E / 23.3528°N 86.0566°E / 23.3528; 86.0566Coordinates: 23°21′10″N 86°03′24″E / 23.3528°N 86.0566°E / 23.3528; 86.0566
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purulia district
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)

Begunkodor is a village in Purulia district of West Bengal near its border with Jharkhand. #Situated 46 km from Purulia, a large chunk of its population is tribal belonging to the Santals tribe.[1]

Railway Station[edit]

History[edit]

Begunkodor got its station due to the joint efforts of the queen of Santals (the original inhabitants of the villages nearby) and Indian Railways in the year 1960.[2]

The story of the haunted railway station[edit]

However, the ill fated station ran into unforeseen troubles just 7 years later. According to the villagers, in 1967, a railway employee reported the sighting of a woman's ghost, and it was rumored that she had died in a railway accident. The next day he told people about it and they ignored him. The real trouble started when the dead bodies of the station master and his family were found in their quarters.[3][4] The station was subsequently closed as railway trains stopped making halts here.[5]

Reopening in 2009[edit]

Basudeb Acharia said that railway employees had made up the story to avoid being posted there. In the late 1990s the villagers formed a committee and asked the officials to reopen the station. About a decade later, in August 2009, the railway station was finally reopened as a passenger train halt, by former Railway minister Mamata Banerjee.[6] However, regularly 10 trains halt here, with the last train being on 10.30pm. However, passengers still avoid using the station after sunset. Many ghost hunters have visited the station repeatedly confirming that there is no presence of ghosts. [7]

In December 2017,a group of nine rationalists spent a night at the station, and found no evidence of any ghosts or spirits.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subir, Bhaumik (2009-09-03). "'Haunted' Indian station reopens". BBC. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  2. ^ Talwar, Rajesh. "Begunkodor: The Haunt is Over". www.boloji.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ghost who spooks trains - After 35 years, bid to open haunted station". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  4. ^ "Ghost station back on track". Times of India. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  5. ^ "West Bengal's Begunkodor no longer a haunted railway station". The Hindu. PTI. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | 'Haunted' Indian station reopens". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  7. ^ "BKDR / Begunkodor Railway Station | Train Arrival / Departure Timings at Begunkodor". www.totaltraininfo.com. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  8. ^ "West Bengal's Begunkodor no longer a haunted railway station". The Hindu. PTI. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.