New Delhi: "Papa, I will be back in a minute, you don't move from your seat", these were the last words of 20-year-old Minhal Haider to his 60-year-old blind father while he helped him fetch a seat in a local train at Aligarh. The father-son duo was returning to Delhi from Aligarh where they had gone to participate in a funeral of one of their close relatives.
Minhal, the sole breadwinner of family, met with an accident at Wair railway station in Bulandshahr on March 11 in the evening.
"Minhal called me at around 5:30 pm when he boarded the train with his father. At around 6:30 pm we received another call from his number. We were shocked to listen a stranger's voice on the phone. He told us that Minhal had met with an accident and had fallen from the train," said Suraiya Begum wiping her tears that tricked down her face while talking to the Millennium Post.
Minhal was rushed to a hospital in Bulandshahr but was declared brought dead.
"When my boy did not return for a while I suspected as this was unusual of him. He kept coming to me every now and then whenever we boarded a train together. Though I couldn't see for 15 years now, I have turned blind in real sense after I lost my old age support, my only child to a train accident," sobbed Khaleeq Mashkoor, father of the victim.
The family's struggle with life isn't over. After the family moved from Jagdishpur in Amethi district years ago, they have always struggled to make ends meet. Earlier, Khaleeq used to work as a daily wager till he lost his eyesight completely.
"His three sisters are of marrigable age now. How we wished Minhal could have helped our family in the time of financial struggle but it seems the God has decided to test us. Our boy managed to earn some money as a daily wager but now we are purely on alms," said Khaleeq, adjusting his long stick he uses to walk as his daughter scrolls her brother's photograph on the mobile. The 60-year-old Khaleeq resides with his family near Mustafa mosque in Batla house, Jamia Nagar.