SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
PUBLIC AGITATION AT BAGNAN DISRUPTS TRAIN SERVICES IN HOWRAH – KHARAGPUR SECTION
Kolkata, 28th June, 2014
While 38865 Howrah-Midnapur EMU Local was approaching Bagnan station at about 13.30 hrs on 28.06.14, a lady passengerjumped out of the ladies compartmentof the train which had not yet come to a halt and was still moving. The passenger fell down on the tracks and was injured. It appears that the lady passenger was travelling without ticket and had jumped out of the running train to avoid being caught without ticket by a lady TTE who was checking tickets in the same coach.
After sometime, a mob gathered at the Bagnan Railway station and assaulted the lady TTE Ms. Randeep Kaur and also another TTE Shri L. Hussain. They were rescued by the Government Railway Police (GRP). There was an agitation and all movements – both UP & DN -- were stopped by placing sleepers on the tracks from 14.20 hrs onwards. The mob also ransacked parts of the station. The Howrah bound 22832 Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Howrah Express train was stopped at Bagnan and the mob resorted to stone throwing in which a window glass of an AC coach was broken. A TTE of this train was also dragged down by the mob at Bagnan station. The GRP and local police were immediately informed after the agitation started .
The agitation was withdrawn at 15.35 hrs with the intervention of GRP & local police and train services in the Howrah – Kharagpur sectionresumed thereafter.
Due to the agitation at Bagnan, the following trains were detained at Bagnan or at other stations enroute :-
·22832 Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam-Howrah Express – 71 mins at Bagnan
·12277 Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express – 26 mins.
·18001 Howrah-Digha Kandari Express- 70 mins.
·3 UP & 4 DN TRAINS average 45 mins.
One pair of EMU local trains between Howrah & Panskura (38445/38478) has been cancelled.
SER appeals to all its passengers to always travel with valid tickets.
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