The families, who were turned away from the main gate, wanted to inquire if their loved ones have been identified among the 39 unidentified bodies still lying at different morgues in the city.
“We saw in newspapers that a few of those bodies have been identified,” said Rajesh Kumar Bhatra of Lilua, whose son has died in the accident. His wife and daughter are still among the missing. “We went to the office of the district magistrate, East Midnapore and they sent us to Writers’ Building. But we were not allowed to enter. We did not come for any favour. We just wanted to know who were the people who were identified.”
It has been six months since the accident took place, he said. “I still don’t know whether my daughter and wife are alive. This government is so insensitive.”
The five families are among the 12 whose members are still missing. They have received Rs 5 lakh compensation from the Railways, but are yet to get the Rs 3 lakh promised by the state government. They have also been asking the state for the death certificates of the victims.
On November 16, the families staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Special Secretary (Home) Ananda Gopal Ghosh, pressing for their demands.
Red-faced, the government had announced the same day that the families will receive compensation soon and the law department will be consulted regarding the death certificates. None of the government officials were available on Monday to comment on the issue.