1. Indian Railways cancels several trains due to violence in Andhra Pradesh

Indian Railways cancels several trains due to violence in Andhra Pradesh

Indian Railways either cancelled or diverted several trains passing through coastal Andhra Pradesh in view of the violence that broke out during protests by the Kapu community over their demand for quotas.

By: | Hyderabad | Updated: February 1, 2016 10:23 AM
TV Garb- Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, there was a massive protest meeting near the Tuni town attended by lakhs of Kapus from all over the State to voice their demand for inclusion in the backward class list. PTI

TV Grab- Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, there was a massive protest meeting near the Tuni town attended by lakhs of Kapus from all over the State to voice their demand for inclusion in the backward class list. PTI

Indian Railways either cancelled or diverted several trains passing through coastal Andhra Pradesh in view of the violence that broke out during protests by the Kapu community over their demand for quotas.

The train traffic on Vijayawada-Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam section of Vijayawada division of the South Central Railway came to a halt as protestors squatted on the tracks near Tuni in East Godavari district.

The protestors set afire Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Ratnachal Express near Tuni, forcing railway authorities to fully or partially cancel or divert trains.

According to railway officials, train No. 12717 Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam Ratnachal Express was stopped around 3.20 p.m. between Tuni and Hamsavaram railway stations.

The protestors damaged the locomotive and after the passengers got down, set afire four coaches.

Ravindra Gupta, general manager, South Central Railway, held an emergency meeting at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad to review the situation.

He spoke to chief secretary and top police officials of Andhra Pradesh to discuss the steps to be taken for passenger safety.

The railway officials have made arrangements wherever trains have been regulated to provide food, water and medical needs including the requirements of children and senior citizens.

The cancelled trains include Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garibrath Express, Tirupati- Visakhapatnam Tirumala Express, Visakhapatnam-Rajahmundry Passenger, Rayagada-Vijayawada Passenger, Visakhapatnam-Kakinada Passenger, Visakhapatnam-Machilipatnam Passenger, Vijayawada- Rayagada Passenger, Machilipatnam-Visakhapatnam Passenger, Narsapur-Visakhapatnam Passenger, Nidadavolu-Bhimavaraam Passenger, Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad Godavari Express, Visakhapatnam- Secunderabad Garibrath Express, Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad AC express, and Visakhapatnam- Secunderabad Duronto Express

Secunderabad-Howrah Falknuma Express, Howrah-Vascoda Gama Amaravathi Express, Tirupathi- Bhubaneswar, Yeswanthapur-Howrah Duranto Express and Mangalore-Santragachi Vivek Express were diverted via Ballarsha.

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    Murthy S
    Feb 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm
    The leader, an MLA ( a public elected representative!) should be prosecuted criminally for the loss and the loss to railways should be recovered from him and he should be jailed for creating a panic of death among the pengers of the Ratnanchal Express who ran helter skelter to save their lives, with children and aged people. Those rowdies involved in this should not be spared. But will anybody has got the guts to do it? The Kapu community is a community that belongs to a warrior cl in olden days. Now what a shame that some people of such a community have resorted to harm helpless travellers - including kids and old people .
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