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Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village Sumesh Rajan 4 July 2021 A huge crocodile made a surprise visit to Kogilban village near the resort town of Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, on July 1, scaring the wits out of the villagers. The reptile had come out of the nearby Kali river, which meanders through the Kali Tiger Reserve (earlier known as Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve), in the district. Fortunately, it did not attack anyone, nor the humans following it at a distance or those taking videos of it. The crocodile walked at a leisurely pace and did not even bother the stray dogs that came near it. The villagers contacted the forest department officials who rushed to the spot and captured it, before releasing it unharmed into the river. According to wildlife officials, Kali river has a sizable population of crocodiles. Keeping that in mind, a crocodile park has been set up in Dandeli.

Train guard narrowly escapes being run over

Train guard narrowly escapes being run over



Sumesh Rajan
Mumbai: 12 November 2018

The guard of an express train had a narrow escape from death as the train started moving even while he was attending to a malfunction between two bogies.

 

The incident took place on November 9 on the Howrah-Digha AC Express, which had left Howrah station in West Bengal, India, at 11.10 am. Twenty minutes into the departure and half an hour before its next scheduled stop, the train suddenly stopped on the tracks.

The guard of the train S N Roy got down to inspect the reason for the sudden stoppage. He found that the air pressure brake system connecting two bogies had snapped and started fixing it. A bystander was recording this on his mobile phone. To the horror of the bystanders even as Roy was coupling the pipe, the train started moving and picking speed.

A terrified Roy then clings onto the coupling between the bogies, for dear life, and the bystanders start shouting to bring the dangerous situation to the notice of the train driver. A Railway Protection Force constable Swarup Dutta, who had reached the spot, collected the walkie-talkie from the guard stuck in between the moving train, and running beside the moving train contacted the train driver to immediately stop the train.

After the train stopped, a scared but unhurt Roy got off the coupling. He then takes back the walkie-talkie and gives an earful to the driver.

“It is possibly a case of miscommunication between the driver of the train and the guard that led to such a situation. We have ordered for an inquiry into this incident,” said South Eastern Railway spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh. 

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