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Commuters, motormen fight over fan at Churchgate

There was a minor ruckus at Churchgate station on Tuesday after a motorman allegedly manhandled a commuter. The incident took place after the commuter complained that fans inside one of the compartments were not working. The complaint is believed to have led to an argument between the two, which almost escalated to a fist fight.

mumbai Updated: Oct 06, 2010 01:51 IST
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There was a minor ruckus at Churchgate station on Tuesday after a motorman allegedly manhandled a commuter. The incident took place after the commuter complained that fans inside one of the compartments were not working. The complaint is believed to have led to an argument between the two, which almost escalated to a fist fight.

Other commuters, already agitated by a 20-minute delay in services, joined in and started arguing with the motorman. Soon, other motormen joined the mêlée and the two groups went to the railway police office to file complaints against each other.

However, the matter was resolved with neither parties filing an official complaint.

“The commuter complained about the non-functioning fan to the motorman. Instead, he should have complained to the guard at the end of the train whose job it is to ensure that it is working properly,” another motorman, requesting anonymity, defended his colleague.

Dattatrey Sidam, assistant commissioner of police, GRP, tried to play down the incident. “An irritated passenger had an argument with motormen around 11.30 am about the delay in train services. The motormen explained that they had to halt the train when there was no signal. The matter was sorted out and there was no ruckus at the station,” he said.
For the past few days, motormen have been in conflict with the Western railway administration after they were allegedly asked to run trains at a safe speed.

Expansion plans: HC gives state two weeks

The high court has directed the state government to file a reply to a PIL challenging the construction of a ‘running home for motormen’ by the Western Railway near the WR guesthouse.

A PIL was initiated by the Marine Drive Resident Association of D-Road saying the work of expanding the railway garages was in violation of the development control rules.

The court on Tuesday asked the state to file its reply in two weeks. The PIL states some rooms and bathrooms have been illegally constructed on the rear side of the guesthouse. Also, there is no proper drainage system, which causes overflowing of tanks and open gutters.

The railways replied saying it did not require permission from the corporation to carry out construction on its land.
The petition will come up for hearing on October 8.