Passengers of the special Bharat Darshan train woke up to a rude shock late on Friday night, after finding that the train, which was supposed to take them to Kanpur, was approaching Gwalior instead.
The passengers informed the pantry car manager who alerted the guards and got the train to halt at Datia station, a naxal affected area few kilometres away from Gwalior.
Irate passengers created a ruckus at the station, following which the driver contacted the station master and other senior officials, who directed them to take the train back to Jhansi, from where it had started on Friday night. After an hour-long halt the train left for Jhansi, where it reached at 4am and departed for Kanpur central station soon after.
The train finally reached platform number five of Kanpur station at 10.45am on Saturday.
Officials from Jhansi division interrogated the driver at the station, who told them that he had received wrong signal from Jhansi station, due to which the train had run toward Gwalior instead of Kanpur.
A senior railway official on condition of anonymity said he had received information about the special tourist train that had gone to Gwalior instead of arriving at Kanpur central station.
“It seems to be a mistake. Preliminary inquiry has confirmed that the driver got a wrong signal due to which he took the train on a wrong route and reached Gwalior,” he added.
However, despite several attempts to contact them, railway officials, including the regional manager of Railway traffic Manoj Sinha and deputy chief traffic manager Akhlaq Ahmad, remained unavailable for comment.