In something of an odd story out of India, a team of skeptics spent the night at a notoriously haunted railway station in an attempt to prove that there were no spirits lurking there.
The proverbial reverse ghost hunt took place at a site, known as the Begunkodor station, which boasts a rather remarkable reputation as a haunted location.
Its tale dates back to 1967 when legend has it that the stationmaster dropped dead following an encounter with the ghost of a woman in white.
Incredibly, patrons promptly stopped going to the station and it was abandoned for a whopping 42 years, leading to the site actually being designated as 'haunted' by the India's national railway service.
Although it eventually reopened in 2009, the stories of the station being the home to spirits continued to haunt local residents who refused to use the service after 5 PM lest they wind up with their own ghostly encounter.
And that is where a group of 'rationalists' entered the picture this past weekend when they decided to have their own ghost hunt, of sorts, at the station.
Sounding eerily similar to your average group of paranormal enthusiasts, albeit not believing any of it, the nine-person-strong cadre of critics camped out at the Begunkodor station and used various pieces of equipment like digital cameras and compasses to see if they could detect any ghosts.
As one can imagine, the group found no sign of any supernatural activity during their stay at the station, although they did have one hilariously human encounter.
According to the leader of the team, Nayan Mukherjee, the group was disturbed at one point in the evening by strange sounds coming from outside the station.
Fortunately for the skeptics, the possibility that everything they once believed about the paranormal was wrong turned out to be fleeting when they went to investigate the situation.
Looking around outside, they discovered some local residents hiding and subsequently running away from the scene, leading the rationalists to suspect that they had been trying to dupe the group by way of faux ghostly activity.
In light of this incident as well as their failure to find any genuine paranormal activity occurring, the group declared their mission a success and said that the railway station is not haunted.
Nonetheless, one can understand if residents who use the railway station on a regular basis will be reticent to dismiss 50 years' worth of local legend in favor of the findings from a group of skeptics who simply spent one night there and just happened to not see any ghosts.
Source: The Hindu