By T.V. Deshmukh
As usual the RSS Swayamsevaks were the first to reach the site of the tragic accident of Repally-Secunderabad Delta Passenger train at Nagaram, Valigonda Mandal, Nalgonda district. One batch led by Sri Gundla Nagaraju was the first to reach the submerged compartments and retrieve many dead bodies and took them to the shore in boats. They prepared the ground and laid the dead bodies in an orderly manner and later helped to carry the bodies into the relief trains. They also distributed 300 food packets and fresh drinking water to those who survived. Another batch which came from Bhuvangiri under Sri Domaknoda Satyanarayana also helped in the relief operations. Another batch under the leadership of Lingaswamy from Valigonda did a human service to those who were affected.
More than 100 Swayamsevaks in four batches participated in relief operations, which was very much appreciated by the public as Swayamsevaks were the first to reach the site even before the government machinery and army arrived. The Swayamsevaks took care of safeguarding the money and material that was scattered at the site of the accident to be handed over after identification of owners. The Swayamsevaks helped the relatives of the diseased in identifying and dispatching to their homes.
Sri Shyamji, State Joint Organising Secretary of RSS AP, visited Nalgonda government hospital and enquired about the welfare of the patients and co-ordinated the relief activities undertaken by Swayamsevaks.
The RSS expressed its deep condolences to the relatives of the departed and requested the Railways and State government to give all necessary help to the affected families.
(The writer is Pranta Sanghachalak, Andhra Pradesh (West))