A man died after his hand got stuck between the doors of a metro train that was leaving the Park Street metro station in Kolkata on Saturday.
Around 6.40 pm, 66-year-old Sajal Kumar Kanjilal was boarding a crowded Kabi Subhash-bound train from the Park Street Metro station when the doors of the third compartment closed with his hand inside. The train dragged Kanjilal as it left for the next station, Maidan.
After running for a few seconds, the train was brought to a halt. Its power supply switched off and the passengers were evacuated, a Metro Railway spokesperson said. “How this happened is a matter of inquiry,” she added.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also ordered a police inquiry into it.
However, the incident drew ire of the daily passengers who started agitating on the station premises resulting in suspension of metro railway service for an hour. The passengers blamed the metro railway authorities for negligence. They raised questions regarding the sensor of the doors that did not work at the time of the incident. When in order, the sensor is supposed to prevent the doors of the compartments from closing if anything or anyone is stuck in between.
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Questions are being raised on the responsibility of the driver and the guard too. According to the witnesses, although the train stopped before even leaving the station, no announcements, warnings or alarms were heard. They also could not contact the control room or the driver even after repeated attempts. The train stood for half an hour before the passengers could be evacuated through the driver’s cabin.