By Kartik Kumar
A window of C-3 coach of the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi was damaged by miscreants on Thursday. The incident took place around 6.30 pm near Sonipat, Haryana when a group of children started pelting stones at the moving train and a window was damaged in the process.
Passengers sitting on seat number 20,21 and 22 were relocated to another compartment immediately. As the train had nearly full occupancy, it was difficult for railway officials to accommodate the passengers who had to suffer.
Later, a few women and children were shifted to another compartment for the rest of the journey. “I was sitting near the window and suddenly, there was a loud noise and a stone had struck the glass and a few pieces shattered. I saw a group of children pelting stones,” said Kapil Sethia, a resident of Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
The train Ticket Examiner (TTE), confirmed that a report of this incident would be sent to the Northern Railways officials and the concerned GRP officials on the route. “We have spoken to all the concerned passengers from the coaches. However, no one is ready to register a complaint,” said a GRP official.
The train started from New Delhi railway station at 6 pm, 45 minutes late and reached here at 10.05 pm instead of its scheduled arrival at 8.40 pm. Incidentally on September 18, last year, windows of six coaches were damaged when also a group of children had pelted stones which led to a 45-year-old man who suffered minor head injuries.