A major tragedy was averted at the local railway station after the vacuum brakes of Unchahar Express (Chandigarh-Allahabad) were accidentally released, as a result of which the stationary train, which was packed with passengers, started moving on its own on the main railway line.
The train almost crossed the main platform when it was stopped by placing bricks and wooden fences on the tracks by panic-stricken railway officials on duty.
All passengers in the train were also left panicked and many even started jumping off it. The incident took place around 3.30pm when the train reached the platform number 2 for boarding passengers with its departure at 4.30pm.
It was during the same time when thousands of supporters of Sant Rampal, who had gathered at the railway station in support of their godman, started rolling back.
Hundreds of them had boarded the Unchahar Express. They even hijacked the main guard’s coach that had vacuum breaks inside.
“With no guards present inside as there was change in duty, the vacuum breaks were accidentally released possibly due to the passengers’ chaos inside,” said sources in the railway station, who did not want to be named.
Due to this, the train moved more than 600 metre from the station but it was stopped thereafter.
At about 3.50pm, an electric engine was attached with the train and it was pulled back to the station. But the entire episode delayed the train by half an hour as it left the station around 5pm.
Station superintendent RK Dutta said the chaos inside the train was responsible for the incident.
However, all officials had shown great courage and averted the incident.
An official said the train was also diverted to the service lane for further caution but it was stopped on the main line itself.