Their surroundings echoed shouts of jala do (burn it).
The terrified passengers of the Shatabdi Express from Delhi were living their nightmare. Their leisure trip had turned into a trip to hell.
Angry protesters held up the train for about seven hours while the mob stoned the train with over 600 passengers. Six persons were run over by the train just before the frenzy had begun.
Barely 15-20 minutes after leaving the Sarai Rohhila Railway station in Delhi the mishap had occurred at Helimandi Railway station near Gurgaon.
“As the people started to pelt stones at our train and started shouting jala do (burn it), the passengers were terrified. Some of them even started to jump off the train,” said Revati (who goes by only one name), a passenger from Hyderabad.
“I am travelling with my 8-year-old daughter and had no option but to jump off the train. We looked for the exit gates at the station but those were blocked by the mob.”
Many foreign tourists from countries like Ireland, France and UK also faced the terrifying ordeal.
French nationals Cedrik and his friend Cynthia were among the many passengers onboard the Shatabdi Express. They said it was one of the most horrific experiences of their lives.
“We jumped off the train as pandemonium broke out in the train. We saw some people crying and abandoning the train and we followed them,” said Cynthia.