Our ever-smiling and hard-working colleague, Abhishek Rajak, who used to upload all the content and pictures on Moneylife.in, died in a tragic railway accident last night. We are grief-stricken
It is with deep grief that we at Moneylife share with you the news, that our dear colleague, young Abhishek Rajak, died in an alleged railway accident last night. Like any other day, the bubbly youngster was on his way home. He was to have taken the 7.47pm Kalyan fast (15 coaches) local to reach Dombivali. He never made it.
When his father called at 10.30pm to check if he had been working late, we began to make frantic calls. Well known railway activist Samir Zaveri made calls to the railway helplines. He also asked a colleague to call the Government Railways Police (GRP) numbers at Dadar Station. At that time, he was told that Abhishek had been detained on suspicion but had been released. When Abhishek’s mother called the same number, she too was told that he had been detained and released 10 minutes ago. His mobile phone was still switched off.
After waiting for him to arrive at Dombivali station until 11.30pm, we began to worry again. Another round of calls started. Our journalist friends also chipped in to help.
Rajendra Aklekar, Senior Assistant Editor of Mumbai Mirror, called several of his sources in the railway police. Varun Singh of Mid-Day met the GRP at Kalyan and also showed Abhishek’s photograph, which we had tweeted. Through all this, several of us were taking turns to call Abhishek’s number, just in case he switched it on again.
At 12.45pm came the deadly shock. Abhishek’s brother Amit again tried calling on his mobile. And this time, a police received the call and after making inquiry asked Amit to reach Diva station immediately. When Amit and his father reached Diva station, they saw the police loading a stretcher in luggage compartment of a local train going towards Thane. Then Amit saw Abhishek lying dead on the stretcher.
We have lost a wonderful colleague, who was always smiling, hard working, every ready for challenges and on the threshold of life. Words cannot describe the loss we feel.