Stone Pelting in Vande Bharat Express

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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On Monday, some “anti-social individuals” of a specific community threw stones at the newly-launched train outside Malda’s Kumarganj station in West Bengal, shattering the window panes of the Howrah-bound Vande Bharat Express. Four days have passed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalled the departure of the 7th Vande Bharat Express from Howrah for New Jalpaiguri Junction. Despite the fact that no one was hurt, the incident caused anxiety among the passengers. The Railways Act’s section 154 has been invoked by the railroad authorities, who have opened an investigation and filed a lawsuit.

If found guilty, the defendant may spend up to a year in jail, pay a fine, or both.Around 5:50 pm on Monday, there was a report of stone-throwing on the New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express in Kumarganj. There was damage to one primary entrance glass. No one was hurt. No schedule delay existed, according to a senior railway official. In comparison to other trains on the same route, this train travels the 564 km distance in 7.45 hours, cutting travel time by three hours. In addition, the train stops at Barsoi, Malda, and Bolpur along the way.However, the incident on Monday set off a blame-game between the Trinamool Congress, the government, and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition.

By Bidisha Mohanty

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