44 suburban services hit as staff refuse to run trains

Sisodiya, who was found guilty of allegedly slapping S. R Tripathi, assistant commercial manager (reservation) on January 7, was suspended Thursday.

Mumbai | Published: January 11, 2014 1:28 am
Stranded commuters at CST on Friday.Ganesh Shirsekar Stranded commuters at CST on Friday. Ganesh Shirsekar

A total of 44 suburban services were cancelled and five partially terminated till 9 pm Friday after motormen associated with Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh refused to run trains from CST between 6.35 pm and 7.14 pm, demanding that a suspended colleague be reinstated. 

Following this, the administration was forced to reinstate Vivek Sisodiya (40), a motorman with Central Railway. Atul Rane, chief public relations officer, CR said, “Services were disrupted from CST after an agitation by motormen. More than 10 trains were stranded. The motorman has been reinstated.”
Sisodiya, who was found guilty of allegedly slapping S. R Tripathi, assistant commercial manager (reservation) on January 7, was suspended Thursday.
The CR Promotee Officers’ Association, in a complaint to the general manager had said, “S R Tripathi was assaulted by the goons of CRMS in his chamber while he was discharging his duties. Officers who try to bring discipline and a proper working culture in the office are being targeted, abused, man-handled and over and above to save their skin. The inaction by the administration has emboldened this group of union activists to assault another officer at this time.”
A senior railway officer said Tripathi was trying to break an alleged nexus of ticket booking staff and tatkal agents due to which he was assaulted.

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