Railway Traffic affected in Mumbai after Clash

Mumbai, Jan 02: The railway traffic and the local train services were badly disrupted in Mumbai following a public agitation at the Central Line during peak hours on Friday. The passengers blocked the tracks at the Diva station and damaged the station property.

The railways authorities called the police to control the situation. Even police had to resort to lathicharge on the angry passengers who were engaged in stone pelting. The violence erupted after the train services were stopped for over 30 minutes due to some technical problems because of which one line was not working properly.

However, the railway was ready to resume the services on the remaining three lines. People broke the patience and stood on the lines due to which the entire railway traffic was halted, said the CPRO Central Railways Narendra Patil. Police, however, managed to control the situation.

Thousands of commuters faced inconvenience during the office hour for the delayed services in other stations in Thane and Thakurli apart from Diva station. The protests intensified and continued for hours. It started around 8.30am on the Central line. The commuters got down on the tracks between Diva and Mumbra to protest against the delayed services.

According to TV reports, the angry passengers damaged the ticket window at Dombivli station on Central line and automatic ticket vending machines (ATVM) was thrown on tracks. Even few motormen have been injured.

Agency report said that the train services were delayed on Friday morning after an overhead cable wire fell down on the tracks following which the passengers stood on the tracks and agitated complaining the regular failure in the suburban services.

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