It is a protest that cost the residents of the area with localities like BRS Nagar, Ranchi Colony, Basant City, Tharike village and others a First Information Report (FIR) against them.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) registered a case against two named individuals and 125-150 unidentified people, after they protested on the railway track on December 13 (Saturday), against the closure of the railway crossing in the area. The case was registered on December 14.
The railway’s local operating department had lodged the complaint against Congress block president Gurbir Singh and Tharike village sarpanch and other unknown residents.
Ludhiana RPF inspector Vinod Kumar Daundiyal said, “A case has been registered under Sections 174 (obstruction during the running of train) and 147 (trespass or refusal to desist from trespass) of the railway Act. No arrest has been made yet in this case.”
How the row began?
The residents’ protests started on December 7, when they blocked the track for few hours in protest against the closure of the railway crossing, after the coming up of the RUB. Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu had come out in support.
However, matter came to a head on December 13, when a child, a resident of Ranchi Colony died while crossing the lines, after which residents blocked the track from morning till late night, resulting in the cancellation of few trains. The assistant divisional railway manager (ADRM), Ferozepur Division, helped calm people.
“The railways should understand the importance of this crossing for the people. Using the railway under bridge is dangerous for the kids and the elderly,” said Gurbir Singh, one of the individuals against whom the complaint was made.
“We have submitted the recommendation letter by the Ludhiana DC to the divisonal railway manager. He had asked us to wait till Wednesday,” he added.
Even after the closure of the railway crossing, people continue to use the railway line by passing below the barrier, which was more dangerous, he claimed.
Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, said, “I came to know of the FIR only today. The issue will be taken up. On the issue of opening of the crossing, we have spoken to the authorities and MP Ravneet Bittu offered use of the MPLAD funds to ensure the opening of the crossing.”