‘Anti-national’: Railways on protest that held up Deccan Queen for 45 minutes

Around 100 protesters at the Pune Railway Station resorted to pulling the chain in their bid to stop the Deccan Queen from leaving the platform.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:July 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Deccan queen, Deccan queen birthday, Deccan queen 86th birthday, Deccan queeen renovation, Deccan queen dining car, Narendra Patil, Maharashtra Deccan queen, Mumbai latest news Around 100 protesters at the Pune Railway Station resorted to pulling the chain in their bid to stop the Deccan Queen from leaving the platform. (FILE PHOTO)

The term ‘anti-national’ has found its way into one of the official press releases issued by the Indian Railways. Pune’s Divisional Railway Manager B K Dadabhoy used it to describe the actions of three women, whose only offence was being part of a protest group that held a train for 45 minutes.

On Monday morning, around 100 people participated in a protest demanding the Railway authorities to operate the Deccan Queen from platform number one, as has been the case for several decades until recently. Now, the train departs from platform number five due to “operational compulsions”. This has upset the Queen’s regular passengers, and they have been demanding that it depart from Platform No. 1, like in the old days.

The protesters resorted to pulling the chain in their bid to stop the train from leaving the platform. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) identified three women, all of them government servants aged between 50 to 55, travelling to Mumbai from Pune every weekday for work, and produced them before a magistrate.

“Such anti-national activities won’t be tolerated at any cost and action would be initiated as per legal provisions. The commuters are requested not to take law in their own hands and co-operate with the administration in seamless plying of the trains,” Dadabhoy was quoted as saying in a press note issued through the public relations office of Pune Division.


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  1. S
    Jul 14, 2017 at 8:35 am
    रेल्वे साठी प्रभूंनी काय केले हे ा माझ्या मित्राने विचारले तेंव्हा मी भाजप ची बाजू घेणार निरुत्तर झालो, ना ट्रॅक वरचा कचरा साफ झाला , न ट्रॅक वर लोकांची सकाळचे विधी करायची सवय घालवली , न प्लास्टिक चा कचरा घालवला , न फेरीवाल्यांवर अंकुश ठेवलं , न पोलिसांचा व टीसी चा भ्रष्टाचार कमी केला न ्या वाढवल्या , न रेल्वेतील फुकट प्रवासी कमी झाले, न पासधारकांची अरेरावी कमी झाली-
  2. S
    Jul 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    रोज येणारे पास धारक अत्यंत उर्मट आहेत, जो रोज येतो किंवा जो ओळखीचा आहे त्याची जागा पास बोगी मद्धे नक्की, हे लोक जुगार खेळतात, धूम्रपान करतात, पण कोणीही पोलीस यांना पकडत नाही कारण ही सरकारी कर्मचाऱ्यांची ी आहे, बाजूला पास धारक असला पण रोजचा नसला तर ही महानालायक माणस चक्क 3 सीटवर 1 अशी झोपतात, आणि कित्तेक लोक उभी राहून प्रवास करतात, पण कोणी मीडिया यांना उघडे पाडत नाही, कारण आज काल फॅशन निघालीये, महिलेवर अन्याय झाल्याशिवाय किंवा प्रभूंण्णा ट्वीट केल्याशिवाय काहीच होत नाही। माणुसकी हरवली आहे हे बघायला नक्की भेट द्या, पुणे मुंबई पास काढा, आणि पास बोगीने चला,
  3. A
    Jul 13, 2017 at 3:06 am
    Going by their standard, aa the railway officials involved in corruption etc. should also be charged with sedition and anti national activities. Loco pilots and guards who cant run the train on time should be imprisoned too!
  4. B
    Bharat Maa
    Jul 12, 2017 at 11:33 pm
    anyone who protest against BJP is anti-national, thats atleast what BJP and bhakts think.
  5. S
    Jul 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm
    Very valid comment from the railways. These daily commuters consider railways as their personal vehicle.
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