For the last two days, trains have been delayed due to the intermittent smog at Shahdara railway station. However, on Thursday night, more than 40 irate passengers, who had been waiting for a train to Shamli, pelted stones, uprooted benches and shattered glass windows of the power cabin at Platform number 4.
According to police, two passengers, who were caught uprooting benches, have been arrested from the spot. More than 40 passengers are being identified through CCTV cameras, and their photographs are being developed, said Shashi Kumar, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (DSC).
According to a Railway Police Force (RPF) officer stationed at Shahdara railway station, two passenger trains operating from Shamli to Delhi had been delayed by more than two hours. Meanwhile, the passengers had been waiting at the station from 6 pm. Furious over the delay, more than 40 passengers gathered outside the power cabin where the station master was sitting.
“They started demanding that the station master give the location of the trains. However, when he could not meet their demands, the people started to pelt stones at his office. The office was housed several metres above the ground so the railway staff was safe. However, the stones broke though the window panes and damaged the door,” the RPF officer said. A combined police force reached the station and managed to pacify the passengers, the officer said, adding that the trains finally arrived at 8.35 pm.