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Mamata Banerjee, the then railway minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, dared many in the state to visit the place by reopening the station after 42 years.
“Ami bhoote bishshas korina (I don’t believe in ghosts),” said Banerjee.
One needs to travel back in history to delve into the mystery behind this strange name.
It was in the early 1960s that Lachan Kumari, a queen of the Santal tribe that inhabited the area, donated a large chunk of her land to the Railways for the upliftment of her people.
“It was three ladies — the Santhal queen, Mamata Banerjee and the ghost — who turned the fortunes of this station around in the past five decades,” says Narayan Mahato, a local from the nearby Baamni village.
“People are curious and some still believe the stories of paranormal presence here.
Locals believe that this was the year that the station master spied a woman in a white saree on the tracks for the first time. Rumours engulfed this tiny railway station, with news of the spooky events travelling far and wide.Both passengers and the Railways deserted the place.And thus began the tale of the ghost station, which has been tagged as “haunted” in railway records.Cut to 2009, when another lady in a white saree tried to rescue the station from ignominy.Begun Kodar: At Begun Kodar in West Bengal, a mysterious woman in a white saree walks along the tracks of a lonely railway station.
Faces full of disbelief and fear eye me as I ask locals for directions to Begun Kodar in West Bengal’s Purulia district, popularly known as the ghost station of the Indian Railways.