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3 juveniles held for putting stones on track to stop Rajdhani for selfie

nation Updated: May 26, 2016 09:00 IST

AGRA: Three youngsters not only put themselves at risk but also posed a hazard for passengers travelling in the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express – just to have a selfie with the moving train.

To capture a better frame, they placed gravel and stones on the track so that the train slows down on the spot near them. But the train stopped, finding the trio too close to the track. The teenagers were arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and presented before the juvenile court in Firozabad on Wednesday.

“The incident took place after the Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express crossed Tundla junction in Firozabad around 5 am on Wednesday,” said Anand Kumar, inspector, RPF at Tundla junction (Firozabad).

“The three were minors aged 13, 14 and 16. The eldest one was a local from Tundla while the two others – from Agra and Gwalior – had come to their aunt in Tundla for the summer vacation,” stated Kumar.

“The trio placed gravel and stones on the track so that the Rajdhani Express crossing the spot slows down. They stood near the track with a hand-held camera and were clicking selfies with the train approaching. There are snaps in their camera with the train approaching,” added Kumar.

The loco pilot of Rajdhani Express applied brakes as he found these three youngsters too close to the train. The RPF was informed and train had to be stopped for about 15 minutes when in fact it didn’t have any halt between Kanpur and New Delhi.

“The three youngsters were nabbed and presented before the juvenile court and were later handed over to their parents. They have been booked under Section 154 of the Railway Protection Act and would face case before the juvenile board,” said Kumar.

First Published: May 26, 2016 09:00 IST