Passengers stage protest at Barasat station
Kolkata: Male passengers of Sealdah-Barasat section put up a blockade at Barasat station demanding permission to board the ladies special trains. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel were able to clear the track within a short time.
On Friday morning, some male passengers boarded the ladies special train and despite the women passengers raised an objection, these passengers didn't move out the train. RPF and GRP personnel were informed. RPF asked the male passengers to leave the compartments. Soon the GRP personnel also arrived. But, as the RPF and GRP personnel were less in number they could only request the passengers.
Later, a large police force comprising RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to evacuate the compartments. This created an unrest situation. Within minutes, a huge mob of male passengers put up a blockade obstructing the ladies special protesting the action by RPF and GRP personnel.
Male passengers claimed they had to face immense trouble as general trains ran packed while many seats in ladies special trains remained vacant.
Therefore, male passengers must be allowed to board the ladies special, they said.
A source informed that though male passengers demanded permission to board ladies special trains, railway authority clearly stated that the demand will not be granted as such trains were meant for the female passengers for their safety.
After sometime, RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to withdraw the blockade.