Featured Image: File photo of Nangi rail station off Maheshtala in South 24-Parganas.
By A Newsman
Diamond Harbour, 13 April: IRATE passengers today roughed up railway staff and carried out massive vandalism at Nangi railway station on the Sealdah-Budge Budge section in South 24-Parganas.
Some private cars, that tried to defy a subsequent road blockade on Nangi Station Road, were also damaged by the violent passengers. The vandalism was so massive that train services on the route remained suspended for nearly three hours until 11 in the morning.
This over the delay in train running on the route, which the aggrieved passengers said, has become a routine feature. This has been affecting thousands of commuters who depend on trains to go to office or business.
The trouble started around 08.32 today morning when a Budge Budge-Sealdah local train arrived by a delay of over half-an-hour.
According to the passengers, when they asked the Nangi station master about the reason for the delay, he allegedly washed off his hands from the matter and asked the passengers to seek an answer from the train driver and guard.
Following this, a group of angry commuters got into the train driver and guard’s cabins on the train and got into a heated argument with them. This soon escalated into a physical assault on the driver and the guard.
After this, the mob severely vandalised the ticket counter and the station master’s room. They broke signage, computers, telephones, and furniture; on duty railway staff ran for cover to escape the wrath.
Getting to know of this, a team from Mahestala police station accompanied by Railway Protection Force jawans arrived at Nangi station. Unable to contain the mob, they resorted to lathi-charge.
This added fuel to fire, and the mob then started a blockade on Nangi Station Road. A private car and some two-wheeler, that tried to make their way through the blockade, were damaged by the mob.
The situation calmed down only after senior railway officers from Sealdah rushed to Nangi and assured the agitators that punctual running of trains would be ensured. Train services on the route resumed around 11 am.