Three days after hundreds of Maoist-backed tribals held the Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express hostage in West Bengal, CPI(M) workers did an encore, holding up the Howrah Rajdhani for two hours in the outskirts of Kolkata, albeit for a very different reason.
On Friday, dozens of activists of a CPI(M)-affiliated passenger convenience committee blocked the tracks at Dankuni, an important junction 20 km north-west of Kolkata, and stopped it from proceeding.
Their demand: more punctual local train services.
The blockade was lifted after two hours when a senior railway official intervened and promised to take up the matter with the ministry.
Paschim Banga Rail Yatri Samiti, the CPI(M)-affiliated body on passenger conveniences later denied any role in the blockade. “None of our Dankuni unit members participated,” joint secretary Aparesh Bhattacharya told HT.