By ALOK DESHPANDE www.thehindu.com
Enraged commuters went on the rampage upset over the delay in suburban local train services on the central line which carries half of Mumbai’s rail passengers, bringing the city’s lifeline to a complete halt.
It all started in the peak hours on Friday morning after a pantograph of one of the local trains was broken near Thakurli station on up slow line. Tempers flared as hundreds of commuters found themselves stranded at Diva Junction station.
The mob pelted stones at the trains, vandalised railway property and torched three vehicles including a police van at Diva Junction railway station on Central Railway, on the outskirts of Mumbai.
The violent protests led to the complete disruption of train services for more than seven hours and it was not fully restored till the time of writing this report.
Taking a note of it, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was in Mumbai, has promised to look into the demands of the commuters and announced an inquiry in the violent protests.
The suburban local train network on CR extends from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Kasara in Thane district (around 100 km) on one side and Karjat in Raigad district (around 90 km) on the other. Approximately 38 lakh commuters travel daily on this route. More info