Sealdah Division train services affected for three hours
Kolkata: Train services were suspended in Barasat-Hasnabad section of the Eastern Railway (ER), Sealdah Division, for more than three hours on Thursday morning after a group of people put up a blockade.
The demonstration was held after the death of an under-trial prisoner who was arrested on May 3 when passengers were agitating due to the cancellation of trains owing to cyclone Fani.
It is alleged that on May 3, during the agitation, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel arrested several persons while clearing the line.
One Goutam Mondal (24) who was physically challenged was also held.
It is alleged that after arresting him, the RPF and GRP personnel beat him up badly. Later, he was sent to judicial custody at Dum Dum Correctional Home after being produced before the concerned court.
While staying in the correctional home, he fell ill on Tuesday and was admitted to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where he died.
After the news of his death reached his home, his family members and neighbours were furious.
As autopsy was not done and the body has not been handed over to his family members yet, on Thursday morning a blockade was put up in protest of the incident at Lebutala station.
Due to this, train services were affected from 7:41 am onwards.
Normal train services resumed after the blockade was withdrawn at around 11:20 am.
In the meantime, train services were maintained between Barasat and Sondalia on the Up direction and between Hasnabad and Haroa Road station in the Down line.
Also, eight local trains including four Up and four Down trains had to be cancelled while eight locals ran