BHUBANESWAR: High drama was witnessed at Bhubaneswar Railway station here on Saturday when 50 youths from Kendrapada clashed with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.
The passengers alleged that the RPF jawans forcibly drove them out of a Bangalore-bound train even though they had tickets. As a result, they failed to catch the train and staged a dharna in front of the ticket counter demanding return of their money.
“We did not know that it was a reserved bogey. There was no notice or tag. So we sat inside it. But the police suddenly came and forced us to come out. When we asked them the reason they started beating us. By the time we could board any other bogey, the train left station,” said Bhabagrahi Sahu, a young man from Aul area of Kendrapada.
Most passengers work in a Bangalore-based company and were returning to their workplace after Diwali.
However, Railway Police Force said the passengers entered the bogey reserved by an organization. “When we asked them to vacate the reserved bogey they argued with our personnel. We returned the tickets of all those who could not board the the train,” said IIC of RPF (Bhubaneswar) B K Behera.