Ragho Bheel had a good sleep that nightThe name of the station is Shribdrya Lathi. It is located at a distance of 65 km from Jaisalmer. The small station in the desert was known for Ragho Bheel, a Pointsman working in the station. This strapping Bheel of above 6 feet was extremely dare-devil. During the 1971 war, Ragho Bheel worked in a Pakistani railway station caputred by India, for around ten days. He was fond of hunting. He used to help the Station Masters posted in the small station from other parts of the country in various ways. As a result, the Station Masters used to look at other way when Ragho Bheel ignored/violated the strict rules of Railway.
Ragho Bheel used to sleep in the open area in front of the station at night. He never bothered about the rule forbiding on-duty staff to sleep. He had been taking opium since his childhood. Every night at around 8 p.m. he used to take a good amount of opium, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of roti, ghee, meat of various animals and pickles. From 9 p.m onwards he slept like a dead log till 4.30 a.m. In the morning, he again became very active.
That night, Shribdrya Lathi witnessed heavy rain, the first rain of the season. Despite repeated request from Station Master and other staff, Ragho Bheel declined to sleep inside the station. He didn't want any disturbance in his opium-induced sleep.
However, the next morning he didn't wake up as usual. The first train arrived at 6 in the morning. Ragho was fast asleep. The second train passed at 6.30, then the third train at 7. Ragho didn''t wake up. The on-duty Station Master and other staff got anxious. They went near the place where Ragho was sleeping. They found a dark, black poisonous snake lying beside Ragho. There was a clear snake-bite mark on the right thigh of Ragho.
They feared the worst. However, due to their hue and cry, after another fifteen minutes or so, Ragho slowly got up and saw the dead snake lying beside him. He said to himself: "Oh! That is why I had a sound sleep this night! But did you think you can kill Ragho Bheel by a single bite? Didn't you know I have been taking opium since my chidlhood?"
Muttering these, Ragho threw away the dead snake in the surrounding desert and started his daily activities.