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‘Will abandon trains if attacked’

mumbai Updated: May 03, 2011 01:14 IST
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Upset with the rising number of attacks on their colleagues, Western Railway (WR) motormen are demanding protection at the starting and end points of their journey. They have also threatened to abandon the train midway if they are assaulted.

This comes after 200 passengers surrounded the motorman of a Borivli-bound train on Saturday evening. The train, which was scheduled to come on platform 2, was diverted to platform number 8.

“The change irked the commuters and they started abusing and tried to manhandle the motorman,” said a motorman on condition of anonymity.

A press release sent by the Western Railway Motormen Association said the passengers were furious and were trying to open the cabin door. It claimed that the motorman had not committed any mistake, as he was not the one who chose the platform on which the train arrived.

The association has written to the divisional railway manager saying that motormen should be given safety or they would abandon the train in case of any attack.

The WR administration claims that this was a one-off incident. “Efforts are being made to give security to employees, including motormen. If we receive specific demand for security then we will examine it,” said Nitin David, PRO of Western Railway.

Meanwhile, exactly a year after they went on an indefinite hunger strike on May 3, motormen claimed that their demands were not met. Sources in the WR said the motormen might protest by driving trains on an empty stomach. However, a motorman said the decision has not been made.