Kolkata: A man's foolish decision to take a selfie while leaning out from the train, has claimed four lives while the selfie-taker himself is fighting for his life in hospital. The incident took place on Thursday morning near Howrah in West Bengal when a man leaned out of the train to take a selfie but slipped and fell off the train. In order to protect their friend, the four jumped out of train but were hit by a train coming from the other side.
According to reports, the incident took place between Liluah and Belur stations near Howrah. The five people have been identified as Sumit Kumar, Sanjiv Polley, Kajal Saha, Chandan Polley and Taraknath Makal (the selfie-taker) -- all aged between 25-30.
Reports said that Makal and the four others were returning from Tarakeswar temple after offering prayers.
An eyewitness said that Makal leaned out of the train to take a selfie but leaned out a little too far and fell off the train. The other four friends who failed to notice another train approaching from the other side due to low light conditions jumped out of the train and were killed.
According to police, the five people belong to Dumdum area of Kolkata outskirts and added that some of them are employees in factories and others are autorickshaw drivers.
The police said that they will ask Makal regarding the incident once he comes to. The four bodies were shifted to a nearby government hospital for post-mortem and the injured was taken for immediate treatment.