Two people were killed and two critically injured on Friday when a train ran over them at an Uttar Pradesh station, leading to angry crowds blocking the tracks and rail traffic on the important Lucknow-Delhi route being suspended.
The incident took place at 7.50 am at the Harauni railway station, about 30 km from here, when the Chapra-Gwalior express ran over two people speeding across the track apparently to catch another train.
According to divisional railway manager RK Gupta, two people died on the spot and the other two are grievously injured.
Within minutes, a mob collected at the station, ransacking and breaking railway property. "Shortly thereafter some of them set fire to the stationmaster's room," Gupta said.
The stationmaster and other staff members sought refuge at the adjoining police station.
He said all traffic on the Lucknow-Delhi route had been suspended with people blocking the tracks.
The crowds are demanding compensation for those killed, but the railways were "not in a position" to do so as it was not at fault, the official said.
However, the district administration is trying to get sanctions to make ex-gratia payments to the next of kin of the dead to defuse the crisis.