Begunkodor railway station

Coordinates: 23°23′15″N 86°01′18″E / 23.3875°N 86.0217°E / 23.3875; 86.0217
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Begunkodor railway station
Indian Railways station
General information
LocationBegunkodor, Purulia district, West Bengal
India
Coordinates23°23′15″N 86°01′18″E / 23.3875°N 86.0217°E / 23.3875; 86.0217
Elevation308 metres (1,010 ft)
Line(s)Double electrified BG
Platforms2
Tracks2
Construction
ParkingNot available
Other information
StatusFunctional
Station codeBKDR
Zone(s) South Eastern Railway
Division(s) Ranchi Division
History
Opened1960
Closed1967
Rebuilt2009
Services
Preceding station Indian Railways Following station
Kotshila Junction
towards ?
South Eastern Railway zone
Purulia–Muri line
Jhalda
towards ?

Begunkodor railway station is a railway station of Ranchi railway division of the South Eastern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It serves the nearby area of Begunkodor and Jhalda town in the Purulia district in the Indian state of West Bengal.[1] Passengers deserted the station and it had come to be known as haunted in Railway records.[2] The station was listed by Railways as one of its 10 haunted stations in India.[3]

History[edit]

Begunkodor station was set up by the joint efforts of the queen of Santals, Lachan Kumari and Indian Railways in the year 1960.[4][5]

Controversy[edit]

According to the villagers of Begunkodor, 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 but they ignored him. A seemingly first-hand account of the incident was published, with details of what had actually happened at the time.[6]

The real trouble started when the dead bodies of the station master and his family were found in their quarters. The station was subsequently closed as trains stopped making halts here due to alleged paranormal phenomena.

In the late 1990s the villagers formed a committee and asked the officials to reopen the station. In 2007, local villagers wrote to then Railway minister Smt. Mamata Banerjee and CPIM leader Basudeb Acharia, who belongs to Purulia and was member of the parliamentary standing committee on Railways at the time. But the haunted tag remains. Acharia said that railway employees had made up the story to avoid being posted there. After 42 years, in August 2009, the railway station was finally reopened as a passenger train halt, by former Railway minister Mamata Banerjee.[7]

Although 10 trains halt here regularly, passengers avoid using the station after sunset. It is believed that twice a week, a girl is seen running at with the train on the same day when she died. Presently, Begunkodor railway station is being touted by certain people as a ghost tourist spot to attract visitors.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BKDR / Begunkodor". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "A station where trains never stop". Orissa Post. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  3. ^ a b "West Bengal's Begunkodor no longer a haunted railway station". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "The ghost and the darkness". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Begun Kodar popularly known as Ghost Station". railnews.in. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Noorie". Night to Dawn 41. Night to Dawn Magazine and Books, LLC.
  7. ^ "Now, take a tour of Bengal's haunted railway station". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Myth of West Bengal's 'haunted' Begunkodar railway station busted after 50 years". Retrieved 4 March 2019.