Train services on Western Railway (WR) were affected during morning peak hours with commuters agitating on the tracks at Virar station.
Commuters were protesting for a 15-minute delay, which in turn delayed services by more than two hours and resulted in the cancellation of 14 trains between 9 am and 11.30 am.
A Virar-bound local hit two women at 8.30 am after it left Nallasopara. The train was stopped between 8.27am and 8.41 am as the victims were being put on the train to be taken to Virar. “The train had to wait for 15 minutes to carry the victims,” said WR chief PRO, S Gupta. This delayed the train and commuters waiting at Virar began protesting.
According to an eyewitness, commuters got on to the tracks, threw stones at the station premises and allegedly beat up a motorman. Services went for a toss around 10:15 am and all Virar-bound trains had to be terminated at Vasai and Bhayandar. The situation was brought under control by 11.30 am and train services were restored.
Eyewitnesses said that both women were walking on the tracks and did not hear the train’s hooter.
One of the victims died on the spot while the other has been admitted at Bhagwati Hospital.
Police’s version of the incident says that the two women, Shanti Kumbhar (23) and Sampada Tambe (21), were travelling on the Virar-bound train on their way to work in Vasai.
Officials said that Shanti, who was standing on the footboard, lost her balance and fell off the train. Sampada tried to save her but got pulled down. The commuters added the victims did not get any help from the railway administration for over 15 minutes.
“Complaint against the motorman and guard of the train have been lodged,” said senior police inspector T.N. More of Vasai railway police.