Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t! However, as a kid, when getting cosy on my grandma’s lap to hear the scary stories, then all of them felt very real. I am sure most of you had the same feeling. Well, when you read about this real-life haunted station then you might want to reconsider you feeling about ghosts, just like I am doing now.
Not all of the ghost stories, with a remote railway station as its setting, our grannies told us were fiction. Begunkodar in West Bengal’s Purulia district has a station that remained shut for 42 years because of a ghost. Perhaps, the only railway station in the country deserted by authorities out of fear of a white-saree clad lady.
The real-life haunted station in question was built in 1962 on a land donated by Lachan Kumari, a queen of the Santhal tribe.
But tragedy struck in 1967 when a railway stationmaster died ‘mysteriously’ a day after spotting the ghost of a woman on the tracks. It was reported that apparently the person saw a white saree clad woman.
In case you find it funny, remember that it was the ’60s. Anything like that could have easily scared off the sturdiest of villagers.
However, this real-life haunted station kept railway staff and the people away from the station for a long time. The fear was so much that the station was dropped from the list of railways!
Eventually, then-railway minister Mamata Banerjee appeared as a ghostbuster in 2009. After making a strong comment about ‘ghosts’, she decided to make the station operational.
In 2009, the station started operating again. Some ‘rational’ thinkers point to the fact that the region falls in the Red Corridor –Naxal infested area. Hence, that might be the reason behind promoting the place as a real-life haunted station.
However, that raises another question. The Naxals did not appear prominently on the stage before the early 1970s. (In fact Naxalbari uprising started in 1967.) So, is there really some truth behind the reason that kept this station non-operational for so long?
Presently, Five passenger trains stop here. However, the fear of it being a real-life haunted station is still very much alive.
That is the reason, the last train stops here is at 5.45 pm because no one wants to be at the station after dark. I wonder why we don’t have Ghostbusters! Maybe we could have had some clue to the mystery of the spectre!
Interested in discovering ghosts? Go ahead, pack your bags to visit this real-life haunted station.