The pandemonium that broke out at Dum Dum Cantonment railway station, when a middle aged man was killed after being hit by a local train, ended with the driver of the train being beaten up by the mob.
Police said the victim Subhendu Dey was a local resident and used to set up a stall near the railway station.
On Thursday morning around 10 am, the victim was crossing the railway tracks without noticing that a Sealdah-Barasat local train was approaching. Finding the man crossing the tracks, the driver of the train had applied the brakes but it was too late and he was run over. People standing on the platforms also shouted to make Dey aware that the train was approaching. But for some reason he couldn’t hear to the people. Dey died on spot.
The mob attacked the driver when the train stopped at Dum Dum Cantonment station. They beat him up. They had also attacked some other officials of the railways.
A large contingent of the Railway Protection Force rushed to the spot and rescued the driver.
The passengers alleged that there was no announcement to make people aware that the train was entering the station.
The mob later put up a block on the railway tracks protesting against the incident. The agitation continued for around one and a half hours. It led to the trouble for hundreds of commuters as train services were affected.
It may be mentioned that such incidents often take place despite the railway authorities taking several steps to create awareness about the accidents.
Posters and banners are also put up at the stations and even GRP personnel direct people to use footbridge whenever they find anyone crossing railway tracks.