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Train services in Odisha disrupted for 10 hours as passengers protest police inaction against looters

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Delang (Puri), Jan 4:

Movement of trains between Puri and Khurda Road stations under the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in  Odisha remained stalled from 6 AM till 4 PM today as agitated rail passengers and locals protested at Delang station against the delay in police action against looters who had attacked passengers despite passengers handing over one of them to the police.

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The blockade was vacated around 4 PM after police reached the spot and persuaded agitators to allow movement of trains. The agitators relented only after police assured them of action against the looters and promised to provide free treatment to the victims of the attack.

Four youths attacked and looted passengers travelling in the Khurda Road bound Puri-Khurda Road Passenger train around 1 AM today injuring six passengers. While three of them managed to escape after committing the crime, one was caught by the passengers and was handed over to the police. Passengers have alleged that they sought help from the police to nab the other three who had managed to escape, but the police did not take any action.

“About 20 km after the train left Puri, four youths entered the train. While one crushed a stone on the head of a passenger, another started stabbing a passenger who questioned his act. A thid looted valuables belonging to passengers. As the train slowed down on approaching a station, they fled. We also got down from the train at the station. After the villagers saw us bleeding profusely and came to know of the incident, they provided us with preliminary treatment,” said a passenger who was a victim of the attack.

“Action will be taken against all those who have done this. One has been caught and the others will be caught soon. We will register a case and investigate the incident. We will provide free treatment to those who were injured in the incident,” said Bansidhar Lenka, IIC Khurda Road.