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TN forgets an 11-year-old's sacrifice

January 19, 2005 19:37 IST

Even the supreme sacrifice of 11-year-old N Kandha Kumar, posthumously chosen for the National Bravery Award, has failed to awaken the authorities in Tamil Nadu.

Kandha was run over by a train while trying to save his schoolmates at an unmanned crossing near Amur in Karur district. Even though the accident took place nearly two years ago, the level crossing still has no check gate.
The accident had occurred when Kandha was returning home in his school van on July 22, 2003. The van broke down on the tracks and seeing the train approaching, the driver panicked and fled, leaving seven kids trapped.

The Class VII boy immediately jumped out of the van and rescued two children. But while he was trying to help another of his friends, the train rammed into the van killing Kandha, three children and a helper.

Kandha's father Nayenachalam, a farmer, claimed the train that killed his son was an inspection train.

"I may not be well educated, but after my son's death, I have read extensively on railway safety. I have even submitted requests to the railway and the state government to set up check-gates at all railway crossings," he said.

"I know that my son will never come back, but I will continue to pressurise the authorities to set up railway check-gates," he said.

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Sub: TN Forgets 11-Year old's sacrifice

Dear Friends, Its really sad the TN GOVT has not yet woken. But it is good that it is thru media that such incidents come ...

Posted by Kunjan

Sub: Why does the media sensationalise everything

Kandha's death was unfortunate, true and was certainly an act of bravery. However, why blame Tamilnadu for inaction, when Railways is a Central Government subject ...

Posted by Karthik Kumar

Sub: Forgets Kandha's Sacrifice

That was because the driver of the inspection train was not Shankaracharya and the railways do not have 5000 crores to spare.

Posted by TN Dr Y N I ANAND

Sub: TN forgets Kandha's sacrifice.

TN is not in mood to acknowledge and recognize small people like Kandhan. They have bigger things like the disproportionate assets case of Jayalalitha, Kanchi ...

Posted by Ramachandra Menon

Sub: How ?

How do u think the useless fit for nothing TN govt will take a action to install a gate in the crossing. The fact is ...

Posted by KBA


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