Burn and pillage is new ‘press for civic amenities’

MOTIHARI, Bihar: It’s the new civic protest catching on in India: burn, pillage in the name of ‘peaceful’ agitation…and demand for Government facilities. A mob vandalised a railway station, pelted stones and exploded bombs to ‘demand’ that express trains stop at the Ghorasahan railway station that falls along the Sitamarhi-Raxaul section of East Central Railway (ECR). Reports of  arson and vandalism emerged  on Monday when hundreds of locals on the second consecutive day of agitation attacked the station, pelted stones and exploded bombs.

People have been agitating since Sunday demanding that express trains halt at the Ghorasahan station. The agitation is being led by one Prabhu Narayan, president of a self-styled organization ‘Tiger Force’  with the backing of a certain political leaders.

East Champaran S P Sunil Kumar ordered his men to fire their guns in the air to disperse the agitators who were stone pelting and setting off ‘bombs’  near the railway station.  No one was hurt in the firing.

The situation was tense and police patrolling has been beefed up in Ghorasahan market area on Indo-Nepal border. He said in the melee, SDO Sikrahana Swapnil, DSP Vijay Kumar and 30 police jawans sustained injuries. To keep the situation under control, DM Bharat Dubey , SP Sunil Kumar, SP (rail), Muzaffarpur, Vinod Kumar are camping at Ghorasahan with contingent of police.

Station superintendent of Ghorasahan Shambhu Prasad said that on Sunday around 500 persons assembled near the station at 9 am and forcibly detained the Sitamarhi -Raxaul passenger train and blocked the tracks till 9 pm. The DRM, Samastipur, was informed and he ordered cancelled the  running of all trains on this section. Police force and all senior administrative officials reached the station and the track was cleared late night. On Monday, trains remained suspended but hundreds of agitators reached the station and gave a call for Ghorasahan bandh. They exploded powerful bombs and indulged in arson.

According to the police, two persons were arrested and remanded to jail.

The  Sitamarhi-Raxaul section has been converted to a  broad gauge line recently and four pairs of express trains are running along this section.

Of course, nobody is talking about nabbing the real mastermind behind this wanton destruction of government property and rioting and making him pay for the destruction … possibly like Macavity the mysterious cat, he wasn’t there!

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