In the midst of reviving normalcy from the daunting triple-train crash in Odisha's Balasore district last Friday, a shocking piece of news has emerged that a woman has faked that her husband has died in the train accident to claim solatium awarded by the Railways, state government, and the Prime Minister to the bereaving families who lost their loved ones.
The revelation of her drama came to light when the authorities ascertained her claim as false. According to reports, a woman named Gitanjali Datta, who is a resident of Odisha's Cuttack district, has claimed that her husband Bijay Datta has died in the Odisha train accident. She also claimed that her husband's body was yet to be identified.
Gitanjali Datta aimed to get a compensation of around Rs 17 lakh that would be given to the family of a person who died in the accident. Of Rs 17 lakh, 10 lakh is a compensation announced by the Ministry of Railways, while the Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh were announced by the Odisha state government and the Prime Minister's office respectively.
Eyeing a whopping compensation, Gitanjali Datta staged a drama that her husband has died in the accident. Upon verification, the authorities found that her claim is false and that she is faking her husband's death. Furthermore, after realizing that his wife had faked his death to claim the compensation, Bijay Datta has demanded a strict action against his wife.
Bijay Datta demanded a strict action against his wife by stating that she has attempted to grab public money by faking his death. Bijay Dutta said, "I feel shameful. I request all to be safe from such type of women. I have registered a case with the police and I want justice." The reports say that Gitanjali Datta had reached a hospital in Cuttack where the bodies were kept for identification.
She went on to show a fake Aadhaar card to the officials and claimed that her husband has died in the train accident. However, her drama got exposed by the police during verification and the matter is being investigated. The tragic triple-train crash occurred last Friday near Bahanaga Bazar rail station in Balasore, Odisha, where a Chennai-bound Coromandel Express collided with a goods train which led another train, that was en route to Howrah from Bengaluru, to crash on coaches that were scattered on its track.
The deadliest accident had killed over 270 people and injured a thousand. The probe revealed that the Coromandel Express had wrongly entered the loop line where the goods train was at stationary. It was reported that the mishap occurred due to signal failure and the probe has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The train services resumed in the accident site recently and on Wednesday, Coromandel Express departed from Shalimar, Howrah to Chennai for the first time after the horrific accident.
On Tuesday, the Odisha government revised the death toll in the train mishap to 288. Speaking to the reporters, Odisha's Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena said 275 deaths were confirmed till Monday, and after verification of bodies, the figure was raised to 288. He further said that 205 bodies of the total 288 have been identified so far and handed over to their families.