A tribal youth was run over by a train he had been travelling on while trying to land on the platform before the train stopped at the Kannur railway station here on Sunday.
The Railway police identified the deceased as Janesh, 21, a member of the Paniya tribe of the Odapuzha Adivasi colony near Kolakkad in Kanichar panchayat near Iritty here. He was travelling on the Lokamanyatilak-Ernakulam Netravathi Express from Goa to Kannur with three other tribal youths of the same colony. When the train arrived at platform number three of the station at around 9 a.m., Janesh tried to alight from his compartment before it fully stopped. The accident occurred when he lost control and slipped through the gap between the platform and the compartment. Run over by the train, he died on the spot. The badly mutilated body was taken to the District Hospital mortuary.
Railway authorities here said he boarded the general compartment of the train from Kudal near Goa at 10 p.m. on July 28 with the other tribal youths identified as Krishnan, Sreedharan, and Raghunath. They had gone to Sawantwadi near Goa on June 28 as workers in a rubber plantation there. They were apparently returning home on leave, they said.
20 injured in accident
In another accident here, at least 20 people, including women and children, were injured when two private buses they were travelling in collided at Chalode near here under the Mattannur police station limits on Sunday morning.
The accident occurred at around 8.30 a.m. when the buses coming from opposite sides ran into each other. The injured have been admitted to different hospitals here.