Kolkata: West Bengal government on Saturday wrote to the Eastern Railways to resume suburban trains with COVID-19 protocols in place.
“GOWB (Government of West Bengal) is concerned to see the use of unquiet means to disperse passengers in need at railway platforms and has written a letter to railway authorities for discussions towards plying of a few pairs of trains in the morning and afternoon hours for general commuters at large in observance of physical distancing norms and public health protocol,” tweeted the state Home Department.
This came after a large crowd of commuters at Howrah station tried to flood into a train meant for railways staff on Saturday evening.
RPF lathi-charged to disperse them, injuring a few.
After the incident, Home Secretary H K Dwibedi wrote a letter to the Eastern Railway and termed the lathicharge “deplorable”.
“It is painful to notice that you are running these trains for your staff only, while many other sections of governmental service providers and members of society at large are denied these services. We are anguished that your Central forces have used coercive means to deal with members of public today at railway stations which is deplorable,” read the letter.
Ahead of Durga Puja, BJP MPs Swapan Dasgupta and MP Locket Chatterjee had sent a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal seeking resumption of suburban trains.