West Bengal’s Begunkodor no longer a haunted railway station

Anything to do with railways is mostly interesting. And this story of a haunted railway station in Bengal in a place called Begunkodor is quite something.

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. 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. The station was subsequently closed as railway trains stopped making halts here.[5]

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.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. 

Phew…

Recently, a team of rationalists spent a night at the station and declared there are no ghosts:

 A group of rationalists in West Bengal have recently busted a nearly half-century-old myth of a ‘haunted’ railway station by camping there the entire night with police protection and finding that it was the locals who created this myth to boost ‘ghost tourism’ and then loot the tourists’ belongings after scaring them away.

 ……a nine-member team of rationalist organisation Paschim Banga Bigyan Mancha, armed with torches, digital compasses and cameras, camped at the railway station on Thursday night with police protection to find out the truth.

“We camped at Begunkodar Railway Station from 11 pm on Thursday night till early hours of Friday morning but our cameras or compasses did not record any signs of paranormal activity. However, at around 2 am, we heard a peculiar sound from behind the station building. When we threw torchlight at that direction, we saw a group of men behind a bush making that sound. We chased but could not nab them. We suspect that this group of locals might be behind looting the youngsters who were lured by adventure of ‘ghost tourism’,” said the rationalist group’s leader Nayan Mukherjee.

Purulia superintendent of police Joy Biswas said that night-patrolling in the area has been increased and efforts were also being made to create awareness over the public address system.

Here is a list of haunted railways stations in other parts of the world including two more in India…

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