Mob torches train in Bihar to protest death of student; harried passengers run for life in the dead of night
PATNA: Hundreds of passengers had a providential escape when an irate mob of students torched an express train near the Rajendra Nagar terminal at Patna late Friday night to protest death of a colleague in train accident.
The angry mob also stoned some six trains passing through that route as the passengers aboard those trains scurried for cover, leaving behind luggage and other goods. Many sustained injuries in that process.
Reports said a 22-year-old student preparing for competitive exams was crossing the unmanned railway crossing to reach home after coaching when he was ran over a train late last evening.
As per reports, the victim had earphones fitted in both his ears as he could not hear the sound of the trains passing through the track.
Agitated over the incident, the students torched two air-conditioned bogies of South Bihar Express and also smashed window panes of the train, forcing the passengers to flee leaving behind belongings during late hours.
Several passengers also turned unconscious when the smokes caused by the fire spread through the bogies. They faced such situation as all had hid beneath seats to escape wrath of the rampaging students.
The mob also stoned many trains stranded in the railway yards as the movement of the trains remained badly disrupted for more than six hours. After much effort, the train services could be resumed post midnight.