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Angry students torch train in Bihar

Irate students went on the rampage near Patna on Tuesday, torching four coaches of the New Delhi-Rajgir Shramjeevi Express at Bihta station, 35 km west of the state capital.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2009 00:46 IST
Vijay Swaroop/Avinash Kumar

Irate students went on the rampage near Patna on Tuesday, torching four coaches of the New Delhi-Rajgir Shramjeevi Express at Bihta station, 35 km west of the state capital.

They were venting their fury after railway officials allegedly beat some students on the train when they protested against one of them being fined for traveling without a ticket.

“We were huddled into a compartment and beaten by RPF (Railway Protection Force) jawans. We sent SMSes to our friends at Bihta,” said Rajiv Singh.

The students waiting at the Bihta station stormed the train on its arrival, freed their colleagues and smashed the windowpanes of the coaches, wounding four passengers. Two students and some RPF jawans were wounded in the ensuing clashes.

The police said some anti-social elements took advantage of the situation and torched the airconditioned coaches, each costing about Rs 75 lakh.

Railways officials, however, said the students clashed with RPF jawans escorting the ticket official and looted the pantry car.

In another case of student violence, a group of students damaged railway property at Lakhisarai, 90 km east of Patna, following the murder of Sudhir Saxena, a railway official and owner of a coaching centre.

Scores of trains were held up on the Kolkata-New Delhi main line because of the violence.

Superintendent of Police Vivekraj Singh said, signal man Saxena, was posted at Hatidah railway station under East Central Railway in Patna district.

Saxena, who also run a coaching institute, was shot dead when he was returning home, the SP said.

As the news of his death reached Lakhisarai, students of his coaching institute and locals blocked the road in protest against the killing.

With PTI inputs