An army officer from Odisha was among 133 people killed in the fateful Indore-Patna Express train accident that occurred at Pukhrayan in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning. The officer, identified as Captain Suvendu Kumar Mishra, 23, of Indian Army, belongs to Sarankul of Nayagarh district. His family members are staying at Acharya Vihar in the city.
According to his uncle, Sisir Kumar Mohapatra, Suvendu was travelling in the train from Indore to Kanpur for treatment of his dislocated right shoulder. He was undergoing training in an army academy at Indore. He got injured during the training, so he was referred to Command Hospital at Lucknow. He had planned to take another train from Kanpur to visit the hospital, but he died before reaching Kanpur, he added.
Mohapatra said his nephew was a bright and brave student. After completion of studies at Sainik School in Dehradun, he had passed National Defence Academy (NDA) examinations to serve the army in 2014. He was taking a tough commando training course for Special Operations. But, unfortunately, he passed away in the accident.
He said the accident occurred at around 3.30 am, but the railway officials informed them at 9.30 pm on Sunday about the death. “My younger brother staying in Delhi had immediately gone to Kanpur to find my nephew. He finally found Suvendu’s body in a hospital,” he lamented.
Mohapatra said Suvendu had wanted to donate his organs after death, but it could not happen as Railway delayed in rescuing his body.
Suvendu’s father Himanshu Sekhar Mishra, a senior general manager in a steel company, and mother Binati Mishra are staying in Angul. Suvendu’s mother said, “It gives me so much pain that my son faced a premature death before serving the nation. He had a great passion to work for Indian Army. It pained me that he couldn’t serve the army he wanted.”