It was mayhem at the Ludhiana Railway Station for a good 15 minutes as the Shatabdi Express carrying Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal pulled into the platform on Thursday morning. Needless to say, commuters were on the receiving end of the chaos as those coming in from Delhi and other destinations had no option but to wait due to the heavy rush on platform number 2. For others it was last-minute panic as they rushed to get onto trains.
The platform was chock-a-block with Aam Aadmi Party volunteers and supporters who had gathered to welcome their leader.
However, despite heavy security, Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal supporters also gathered to mark protests on different platforms at the station. Besides, there was no dearth of media to cover the AAP convener.
Police had barricaded the stairs at the back with a wire. But when Kejriwal arrived, passengers were unable to move due to the heavy rush.
“I was forced to wait because I could not climb the stairs due to the rush. I have to catch a train to Delhi from platform number 1. This is sheer harassment,” said Ajay Bharadwaj, a commuter.
Even those who stepped out of the Shatabdi were asked to wait at the platform till the rush cleared. “Protests should be staged outside the railway station because passengers suffer otherwise. The railway station is a public place and leaders should request their volunteers and supporters to wait outside instead of crowding the platforms,” said Amarjit Singh Chawla, another passenger.
Sources said commuters
also got stuck in the jostle between AAP volunteers and protesters.