Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans on Saturday assaulted the passengers of a Bihar bound town train in Malda after they protested the inaction of the force in nabbing those who had looted them early morning on Saturday.
The Jogbani express started the Kolkata station last night and it reached Malda early morning. The train was on its way to Bihar’s Jogbani. At around 5.30 am, a gang of armed dacoits entered the S2 coach of the train and asked passengers to hand over their belongings.
Around five dacoits looted some of the passengers and then jumped off the train before the train entered Malda station. At this juncture,the passengers caught one of them and handed him over to Malda station GRP officials.
Soon after, they went to the RPF office and protested the manner in which their coach was left unguarded and dacoits were allowed to escape.
“Why is a general coach given no force to look after while railways safe guards the upper class coaches?” they asked. An altercation began and RPF jawans asked the passengers to get out their office.
The passengers were mostly residents of Bihar and they refused to go back.
The RPF jawans then resorted to batons to disperse the mob. Many passengers were injured after they were heavily charged with batons.
A complaint was lodged with the West Bengal government’s railway forces against RPF. In their complaint the passengers raised the issue of 'false propaganda of the central government' about improvement of railway services.
“It’s a fake improvement. Nothing is there,” they said.
Eastern railway spokesman Ravi Mahapatra condemned the use of baton by RPF jawans on the passengers. He said that an impartial order would be carried out.
“I can assure that a high level inquiry would be carried out and stringent action would be taken,” Mahapatra said in Kolkata.