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'Shatabdi guard saw 4 young men pelting stones'

Around four young men were seen pelting stones at the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express that had Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on board, near Panipat, the train's guard said.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2009 14:56 IST

Around four young men were seen pelting stones at the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express that had Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on board, near Panipat, the train's guard said.

"As the train was moving at a slow speed, the guard of the train reported having seen three to four young men throwing stones at the coaches," Rohtak Range IGP V Kamaraj told PTI.

Window panes of five coaches of the Shatabdi Express carrying 39-year-old Gandhi, who had boarded at Ludhiana, were damaged in the stoning last night, including the one in which the Congress leader was travelling. However, no one was hurt.

Kamraj said the guard told the police that the train was moving at a slow speed near the Anaj Mandi of Gharaunda in Karnal district due to some repair work on the tracks on the Karnal-Panipat section.

A Northern Railway spokesman had said last night that window panes of coaches -- C1, C2, C3, C4, C7 and C8 -- were damaged when some children stoned the train. Gandhi was in the C-3 compartment.

Kamaraj said the guard has also shouted at the young men asking them not to pelt stones, but by then the window panes of some bogies had already suffered damage. The guard, he said, was in his cabin at the rear end of the train.

"The guard could not clearly see the faces of the miscreants in the darkness," the IGP said.