Kohima: The first special train from Gurugram in Haryana which left for Dimapur in Nagaland on Friday carrying over 1,300 Northeast passengers was mobbed at Danapur railway station in Bihar around 4 am on Sunday morning.
Shanavas C, principal director of school education and nodal officer for COVID-19 related activities outside the state, told EastMojo that as the train stopped at Danapur railway station in Bihar, “some migrants tried to enter the train in the early morning hours”.
“Then railway police was informed and they [were] moved out of the train,” he added and further assured that the situation is under control and that there “are no issues as of now”.
While the train is reportedly stopping at various railway stations, becoming a concern, he said: “This is happening with all the trains in the country. State governments are conveying this concern to the railways.”
The train was expected to reach Dimapur by 5:45 am on Sunday, but is now delayed for over 16 hours. The officer said that the train is expected to reach Dimapur on Monday around 2-3 am.
In viral videos of the incident which circulated online, a mob is seen attacking the train, causing damage to the window panes, in what could be a result of possible stone pelting.
In a video, a woman is heard speaking in Nagamese: “Watch out, all of them have boarded. How will we stay here? It is scary.” In another video, the passengers on board are seen in confrontation with the persons who boarded the train.
As reported earlier, a 23-year-old Naga girl, who boarded the same train from Gurugram in Haryana on Friday to return to Nagaland had passed away. While the body was taken for postmortem in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, the girl was tested negative for COVID-19. The deceased was said to be a liver patient. Shanavas informed that an ambulance was arranged to bring the body back to the state.