Indian railways have been rocked by an alleged “drive-by” attack on a train, with drivers being sacked and passengers on board injured.
Key points:The attack occurred in an isolated section of the railway network in the northern state of RajasthanThe motive for the attack is not knownThe driver has been arrestedPolice are trying to trace the driverThe attack was carried out in an area of Rajawadi in the southern state of Bihar and resulted in injuries to at least five peopleThe attack came just weeks after a driver of a train in India’s eastern state of Maharashtra was arrested and jailed for “driving drunk” and was subsequently released.
Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda confirmed to reporters that the driver had been arrested, adding that the person was being sought by police.
“It’s not yet known what the motive is.
He has been taken into custody.
We will have to verify his motive,” he said.
The driver of the train was arrested on Monday after the authorities received a call from a woman who reported that she had witnessed the attack on the Rajawadai Expressway between Chikkamagaluru and Amravati.
“She said that she was on the train when it stopped.
When she came out of the compartment, she saw a group of people sitting around the compartment.
She asked the driver to stop the train and they refused,” Rajasthani police superintendent K P Gupta said.
Police later detained a second man, who was later released on bail.
“A group of young men came out from the compartment and started to vandalise the train,” he added.
The attack on Tuesday comes just weeks before India’s railway minister, Sadanandgaon Singh, is due to address a joint session of parliament, where he is expected to set out his vision for the railways and how the railway industry will be managed.
Rajasthan police said the incident took place at about 3:30pm on Monday.
“We received a report from a passenger on the other side of the station, who told us that a group was on board the train, who were driving drunk and attacked the passengers on the platform,” a railway official said.
“The driver was arrested at the station.
We have registered an FIR and have sent it to the police,” he told reporters.”
This incident is not connected to any other incident,” he also added.
India’s railway ministry confirmed that the incident happened in an “isolated section of our network” in the eastern state, and said that the motive for its alleged perpetrator was not known.