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Examinees vandalize Muzaffarpur railway station, damage property worth Rs 50 lakh

The students went on the rampage to press their demand for a special train that could take them to Bhagalpur in south eastern Bihar where they had to appear for a competitive examination on Sunday.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2017 18:00 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
Muzaffarpur station,Vandalism,Property damage
Examinees pelting stones at trains at the Muzaffarpur railway station of north Bihar, late evening on Saturday. (HT photo)

An unruly mob of examinees vandalized the railway station at the north Bihar district headquarters town of Muzaffarpur, late evening on Saturday, causing damage to railway property estimated to be worth Rs 50 lakh or more.

The students went on the rampage after they failed to board a train that would have taken them to Bhagalpur in south eastern Bihar to appear in a competitive examination on Sunday. The examination was conducted by the Bihar combined entrance competitive examination (BCECE) board.

Officials said the examinees wanted to board the Muzaffarpur-Bhagalpur intercity express train but many of them could not do so because it was packed to capacity.

Upset that their demand to run an examination special train did not elicit a response, the examinees ransacked the parcel room and offices of the station manger and station superintendent. They disrupted the running of trains for quite some time by pelting stones on them.

The situation was brought under control only after the superintendent of railway police BN Jha reached to railway station. He had a talk with agitating students and convinced them to stop vandalizing railway property.

Confirming the incident, Jha said, “One person has been arrested in the matter. He was trying to stealing the goods from platform number 3. We have also registered an FIR against unknown students in the matter.”

A railway official said property worth Rs 50 lakh was either damaged or looted during the trouble. “Our officials from different departments are assessing the damage. W can provide exact quantum of damage only after that,” he said.

Trouble erupted at around 9.30 pm, when the Intercity express reached Muzaffapur. The examinees tried to force their way into the train but were resisted by passengers having reserved berths, leading to a fracas and very few examinees could actually get in”, said a passenger, Sumit Kumar, who had to go to Munger.

With no railway official present on the scene, the irate examinees ravaged the inquiry counter, SS office and SM office, one by one, he said.

The government railway police (GRP) officials tried a lot to pacify the students, instead, started pelting stones on them. The engine of the intercity train was badly damaged in the attack. The driver and the guard of the train then refused to move with damaged engine.

Personnel of the railway protection force (RPF) kept themselves away from the entire episode.

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 18:00 IST