The Kalinga Utkal Express derailment claimed 22 lives and injured many. After seeing the extent of damage at the accident site, a Muzaffarnagar restaurant owner decided to open the doors of his eatery to the victims and their kin, by offering them free food and shelter, the Times of India reported.
Yogendra Kumar Tyagi, 43, who runs The Woods in Muzaffarnagar’s Mansoorpur, was shaken by the terrible accident. The horrific sight prompted him to help those affected in whatever capacity he could.
After returning from the accident site, Tyagi moved the eatery’s furniture so it could host more people. As many as 30 people took refuge in his restaurant that night while the rescue operation was still on.
Tyagi also used social media to spread the message.
“On Saturday, God gave me an opportunity to serve people, and I did not let it go waste. I rushed to the spot and was moved by the sight of injured and their anxious relatives. It was then I thought of giving these people food and a place to stay as a majority of them had lost their belongings in the accident,” Tyagi told the Times of India.
Gaurav Kumar, who stayed at the restaurant and later left for Haridwar, told TOI, “Tyagi’s gesture was heartening. We stayed in the restaurant till we got a bus to our homes.”
Fourteen coaches of the train, which was on its way to Haridwar from Puri, derailed on Saturday close to Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, with carriages slamming into one another and crashing into a house close by.