Scuffle in outstation train to Bandra Terminus affects services on Mumbai’s western line
Passengers fight in Bhuj-Bandra express, pull chain, delaying suburban and outstation trains on Western Railway on Monday morningmumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2018 15:28 IST
An express train from Bhuj headed towards Mumbai’s Bandra Terminus, as well as several other trains, including suburban locals on the western line, got delayed on Monday morning after a quarrel broke out between monthly season ticket (MST) holders and reserved ticket holders inside the train.
Local trains heading into Mumbai were delayed by 10 to 15 minutes during the morning peak hours because of the incident. The Western Railway (WR) spokesperson confirmed that the incident had taken place, but denied that suburban trains were affected.
The spat took place around 8.25am, after a group of MST holders entered the S2 reserved coach of the 22956 Up Bhuj-Bandra Superfast Express at Vapi station. When they started to occupy the reserved seats, passengers with reserved tickets objected, and the fight escalated. Some of the reserved-ticket passengers pulled the alarm chain when the train was passing Boisar station, forcing the train to come to a halt, with four coaches on the platform and the remaining 18 coaches outside the platform, eyewitnesses said.
“The verbal fight escalated into fisticuffs, and by the time the train crossed Boisar [where there is no scheduled halt], angry passengers pulled the chain,” said Vijay Shetty, an eyewitness.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel broke up the fight and travelled on the train to prevent further clashes. The train was stopped at Palghar station, where the GRP booked some of the passengers for assault.
The Bhuj-Bandra express was delayed by 1.35 hours at Boisar, affecting other Mumbai-bound outstation and shuttle trains such as Duronto Express, Karnavati Express and Dahanu-Virar shuttle, among others. The WR spokesperson said the train was stuck for 45 minutes to an hour, and that three trains behind it were held up.