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Station in-charge gheraoed

IRATE PASSENGERS of the Mhow-Indore shuttle today shouted slogans outside the station in-charge?s office at Rajendra Nagar to protest against the unwarranted delay in the train. They indulged in chain pulling and did not allow the train to move for a long time. Later, one passenger was booked by the RPF for chain pulling.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 15:00 IST

IRATE PASSENGERS of the Mhow-Indore shuttle today shouted slogans outside the station in-charge’s office at Rajendra Nagar to protest against the unwarranted delay in the train. They indulged in chain pulling and did not allow the train to move for a long time. Later, one passenger was booked by the RPF for chain pulling.

As a result of this, while the Mhow-Indore shuttle was delayed by three hours, at least five other trains also got held up in various stations.

According to daily passengers, the Mhow-Indore, which is mostly used by daily passengers, starts at 9 am from Mhow and reached at 10 am in Indore – at least that is the routine, but invariably it gets late.

Today, due to a faulty signal system the train was delayed by around half an hour while waiting at the ‘outer’ of the Rajendra Nagar railway station. It was around 10.20 when the signal system was rectified and the train chugged into the Rajendra Nagar station.

However, instead of allowing the Mhow-Indore train to proceed, the Railways authorities allowed the Chittor-Khandwa fast passenger to go earlier. Already angered by the delay, the daily passengers could not digest the additional delay, and to vent their anger and frustration kept pulling the chain as a result of which the train could not move out of the Rajendra Nagar station.

Most of the passengers got down and gheraoed the station in-charge and shouted slogans against him and the Railways authorities. The passengers alleged that the Railways were delaying the shuttle deliberately.

The station in-charge at Rajendra Nagar called the GRP for help but none of them turned up immediately, so in desperation he called the Rajendra Nagar control room from where police force went to the station. Later the RPF and GRP came on the scene and so did the Indore station manager Satish Kaushik. He had a detailed discussion with the passengers and pacified them and the train started once again.

Meanwhile, additional RPF forces were called in and one to two RPF men were stationed in each of the bogies to prevent anyone from pulling the chain.

The Mhow-Indore train finally reached Indore station three hours late. Some of the other trains affected were the Chittor-Mhow, Ajmer-Khandwa, Mhow-Indore and Khandwa-Ujjain.

Railway PRO Nitin David said that an inquiry has been into the failure of the signal system. On being asked whether the Mhow-Indore shuttle was getting late frequently, he denied it and said that if one were to look at the timings in the last seven days, there was never any inordinate delay.

First Published: May 06, 2006 15:00 IST