Dhruv ran from the edge of the platform to the station masters room ,
he saw people swaying some falling dead some running like mad men and women with their hands on their head their eyes red and streaming with tears their lungs burnt and scarred and gasping for air their noses bleeding
The air was full of cries howls and the place looked like a bad dream
dusk fell and it grew dark electricity had been cut for fear of fires and so it was all the more sinister then
feebly some lights started burning as someone put on lanterns and petromaxes .
The Union carbide factory was just about ten kilometers from the railway station and it was spewing toxic fumes our of its belly killing and maiming thousands ,
it would become the greatest tragedy known to mankind ,
a tragedy caused by greed and callousness of its owners who never followed safety guidelines as they were in a country they could get away without any ,
even after the genocide they could still get away helped by the very powers of the country they scarred for ever !
For the representatives of the people who were voted to protect them always thought of their own comforts and wallets hence would support all sort of wrongs done in it .
The main CEO of the killer factory would live to a ripe age of ninety knowing fully well of the unfair compensation offered to the hundreds of sick ,thousands who had died on that fateful day and live a comfortable cosy life in his country while the politicians in India saw to it he was never disturbed till his death
Dhruv was the station master on that fateful day in Bhopal .
He had only one thing in his mind then .
he was not thinking of his son just four years of age or his young nubile wife married just six years back
he knew they would have died as his house was near the factory and death was assured for its neighbors ,
he knew he would no longer play with his son no longer throw him in the air no longer feed him he would no longer make love to his wife he would no longer see his old mother he knew they were all dead but he still ran !
he ran not to save himself
he ran to save others
All this while the chief minister of Madhya pradesh who also in Bhopal sped in his car far away with family to get away to live and to protect the culprits
these are the servants of people they are actually the worst enemies of the people .
Dhruv entered his room saw his assistants sprawled in a pool of blood dead
he jumped over them pushed their bodies to a side with a sickening thud and got into the phone desperately he twiddled the controls tried to block the incoming express train and warn them but it was too late the train entered shortly and passengers got out swayed and fell many more died
Dhruv was at his controls again warning other trains to speed away from this death town not to open windows
he tried to divert many trains he did his duty
he saved many that night
morning came like in a funeral
the gloom descended like a dark cloud over the city as vultures flew to get their plentiful prey
the police were trying to make some order
the stench was every where
the railways platform was spewed with the dead and the maimed
the station masters room swayed in the wind
it slammed on its hinges gently
it revealed a dead Dhruv sprawled on the floor with his hands on the signal machine which had fallen over him
the blue buttons beeped faintly crying for its dead master
Dhruv to his last breath he did his duty
this is a true story
a story we never hear
we hear only of those Arjun singhs
not the Dhruvs who died for us
so please shed a tear before you shed a vote