Two held for vandalism at Shahdara railway station
NEW DELHI: Chaos ensued at Shahdara railway station on Thursday night, after a mob of more than 50 people damaged railway property and pelted stones after two trains were reportedly delayed.
Officials of Railway Police Force (RPF) said two persons were arrested and the other vandals involved in the incident are being identified.
According to RPF sources, two passenger trains arriving in Delhi from Shamli were reportedly delayed by two hours on Thursday. People waiting at the station first heard the announcement that the trains would be an hour late.
In the subsequent announcement, passengers were informed that the trains would now arrive two hours later. This sent passengers at the stations into a tizzy and they began gathering outside the power cabin where the station master was sitting.
Sources claimed that the passengers wanted to know the location of the train from the station master, but he refused to entertain them.
In some time, an argument erupted and the passengers went on rampage and started pelting stones, damaging railway property including doors and window panes.
The power cabin was damaged first, followed by stone pelting at some trains.
This forced the railway staff to run for safety. Even as they retreated, the mob violence continued and a bench on the platform was uprooted and thrown on to the tracks.
A PCR call was made and the station master informed the control room. Soon, a team of RPF reached the spot to pacify the crowd and stop them from the violence.
According to an RPF official, they first nabbed the two men who damaged the bench. The other vandals, meanwhile, fled the spot.
To get more clues about the accused involved, RPF officials said they are scanning the CCTV footage at the station.