Ghazibad residents block rail traffic for 5 hours


Ghaziabad: Angered commuters in Ghaziabad Monday disrupted traffic on the eastern railway track after two people in a running train were killed when they hit a signal pole, allegedly installed wrongly. Services could be resumed only after senior railway officials assured the pole would be removed.

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Two passengers in an EMU train going to Delhi were killed Monday morning when their heads hit the signal pole outside Ghaziabad junction. As the local residents came to know about the deaths, they staged a dharna on the track, forcing the train drivers to stop at the station.

Important trains including Rajdhani Express were detained for several hours.

The agitators pelted stones at some trains but no major damage was reported by the railway authorities. However, train movement was disrupted for more than five hours. The agitators alleged that the western side outer signal pole was erected wrongly at a technically faulty place due to which over a dozen passengers have died, out of which six were killed in the last four days.

They said they had complained to the railway authorities several times but no action had been taken to remove the pole.

The deceased were identified as Rajiv and Sanjay, residents of Vijay Nagar area.

“The train movement could be resumed at 2 p.m. – after a five-hour-long disruption when the railway authorities agreed to remove the pole,” said the Government Railway Police (GRP) station officer.