Over 400 passengers of Kalka-Barmer Express had a lucky escape when unidentified persons tried unsuccessfully to derail the train near Patiala railway station, here in the early hours of Friday.
The miscreants tried multiple times to derail the train near the end of platform number 1, which is about 100 yards away from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) post.
In their first attempt, they placed some stones on the tracks where there is a curve. But due to the slow speed of the train, instead of getting derailed, it crushed the stones and passed away smoothly. The group then collected the iron keys (plates used to link the track with bars) from a nearby spot and placed those on the track for a stronger impact.
Finally, they tried to damage the light poles installed near the spot, but struggled to cut the electricity wires of the poles.
“I have never seen this type of attempt, since I have joined here. We find some burglary incidents once or twice a year but this is the first of its kind,” said station superintendent, Ajeet Singh Cheema.
“There is always the possibility of a derailment taking place due to the obstructions and endangering passenger lives. Thankfully, the train passed off the spot smoothly,” he said.
The attempt came to light when two railway employees went to the tracks for routine checking at about 6 in the morning.
“When we were crossing the tracks we noticed some disturbance on the track. We went near to it and found iron keys placed on the track near the curve and we immediately informed the officials to not to take the train on platform number 1,” said pointsman Samsher Singh.
Patiala Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case under section 150 of Railways Act and sections 427 and 34 of the IPC against the unidentified persons.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP, GRP) Hardeep Singh said that were trying to identify the miscreants and reason of sabotage.