Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Train Passengers Ransack Station Master's Office in Old Malda Irked by Delay of Train
MALDA, APR 4, 2014: Excitement gripped Old Malda railway station this morning when daily passengers irked by late running of NJP bound Malda-NJP DMU train ransacked the station master’s office and demonstrated there. RPF and GRP personnel had to rush to Old Malda to control the passengers’ agitation and to rescue the station master Gopal Kumar from the grip of the excited mob.
North Frontier (NF) railway sources informed that Malda-NJP DMU passenger train is scheduled to leave from Malda at 8.05 am and reach NJP at 2.30 pm. Hundreds of daily passengers working in government and private offices and schools avail the train regularly as it stops at Eklakhi, Samsi and Harischandrapur stations.
The passengers alleged that despite having no scheduled stoppage the train stopped at Old Malda station at 8.21 am today at platform no. 1 of the up route. Initially the passengers thought that the train would leave soon again. But after an delay of nearly half an hour some passengers went to the station managers’ office to know the cause of the delay. They demanded the immediate departure of the train citing their hurry in reaching workplaces.
However, the station master informed them that the train halted there as through signal was not given to the train. Around 9 am all of a sudden a section of aggrieved passengers broke down the panes of the doors and windows of the station master’s cabin. Immediately situation turned serious. Station master sought help from GRP and RPF. Meanwhile, other passengers got down on the railway tracks and started agitation.
Following the agitation another DMU passenger train too halted on the down line. Many daily passengers returned home as it was already pretty late. Secretary of Malda railway daily passengers association Tapas Das alleged that the excitement caused by the station master’s failure in citing proper reason for the delay. He added that NF railway authorities were informed about the train’s delay sometimes but no action was taken.
Kumar said, “The train stopped as there was no signal. Passengers turned hostile suddenly. So I sought help from GRP.”