Sparks on train roof at Delhi’s Rajiv Chowk metro station, passengers evacuated
Delhi Metro passengers said they heard two explosions on a train at Rajiv Chowk Metro station. No bomb threat suspected. The train was evacuated.delhi Updated: May 24, 2017 23:37 IST
A Delhi Metro train was evacuated at Rajiv Chowk station after sparks were seen on its roof on Wednesday morning. An official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that smoke and spark were noticed on a train at Rajiv Chowk at 10.17 am. All passengers were asked to deboard due to which service on Yellow Line was disrupted for a few minutes.
As the train bound for Samaypur Badli chugged in, a spark appeared in the rear part of the train followed by a minor blast. At this stage, DMRC says there was a short circuit but the incident is being probed.
“Smoke reported from the AC of last coach of a Metro train at Rajiv Chowk platform heading towards Badli at 10:17am. As a precaution, the train was evacuated at the station itself and passengers accommodated in the next train.The train was sent to depot for further analysis and investigation. Train services are running normal on the line,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Commuters took to Twitter soon after and some said they heard two explosions in the train.
Rajiv Chowk is one of the busiest interchange stations in the Delhi Metro network. Normal train operations had resumed on the line by 11 am.
Platform number 1 and 2 were crowded with passengers when HT visited Rajiv Chowk metro station at 11 am. Passengers appeared unaware of any disruptions, but a metro staffer managing the crowd said that attempts were made to evacuate the two platforms for 10-15 minutes.
“As soon as the train reached the station, I heard a small blast sound. There was another mini blast around five minutes later,” said the guard.
Another guard said that passengers were instructed to get off the train one by one. “We tried to prevent a stampede and asked all passengers to leave the platform. A few people left, but others decided to stay back and watch,” said the guard.
‘I heard a blast’
Headed for Bhikaji Cama Place where he works as an intern with a company, 19-year-old Shorya Sharma was on platform number one of Rajiv Chowk Metro station when he heard a “blast”.
“People began shouting ‘fire, fire’ and tried to rush out of the train. But CISF and Metro officials controlled the situation by telling them there was nothing to worry about and that they must exit the train one by one,” said Sharma.
A few passengers left the platform, but many others decided to stay back and watch. A curious Sharma too walked towards the train compartment atop which the sparks had been seen.
“Five minutes later, there was another blast, louder than the previous one. It went off like a cracker. I saw a spark and smoke emerge from a box on top of the train compartment. I panicked,” said Shourya.
Curious onlookers gathered after the second spark was seen. “People began running away from the station. There could have been a stampede if not for the officials who did well to manage the crowd. The CISF then evacuated everyone from the platforms,” recounted Shourya.