Vandalisation of Shramjivi Express: Police to Act Tough

Taking strict note of the yesterday’s incidence in which a perturbed crowd of students vandalized railway property and set on fire four coaches of the Delhi-Patna Shramjivi Express in the wake of beating up of a student by Railway police personnel, the police have decided to identify the culprits through video clippings and will take stern action against them.

“All those elements found involved in leading or instigating the mob to damage railway properties would be identified and stern action would be initiated against them,” Additional Director General of Police Neelmani said.

According to sources, police suspect that some locals were involved in the incidence.

“The four coaches burnt were worth Rs 3.5 crore (Rs 35 million) as each AC coach costs a minimum of Rs 75 lakh,” a railway official said.

In the meanwhile, the police have decided to establish a separate control room for the government railway police and the RPF in the view of the latest incidence.

Railway sources said that the Bihta incident was the second in three months where students burnt train compartments to vent their anger. In June, students burnt four compartments of two trains at Khusrupur, about 32 km from Patna.

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