PATNA: Railway Passengers had a harrowing experience at Patna Junction due to heavy rush of rallyists who had come to Patna by 11 special trains from different places to attend BJP’s ‘Hoonkar Rally ‘ at Patna Gandhi Maidan on Sunday.
The worst sufferers were those who had come to Patna Junction to board trains early in the morning. As the railway had closed the main entrance from Mahavir Mandir side, passengers wanting to enter the station premises from the main gate struggled hard to reach the nominated platforms to board trains. Surprisingly, there were hardly any railway porters at any platform of Patna Junction during the morning hours.
Several aggrieved passengers told they had to engage private persons to carry their luggage from the station premises to the nominated platforms in the morning. A few passengers were forced to take a detour to reach Patna Junction from Karbighaiya end.
Shocked at the bomb blast at platform number 10, some passengers sought refund of their tickets. A railway official of Danapur division confirmed refund of tickets by passengers at Patna Junction due to rally rush.
Patna Junction also witnessed a rush of examinees who had come to appear at railway recruitment board examinations held at different centres in Patna on Sunday. The rush of rallyists and examinees created a chaotic condition at Patna Junction.
Railways was frequently announcing on public address system the arrival and departure of trains at Patna Junction. But, it was hardly audible to majority of the passengers waiting on platform numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 for their respective trains.
The rally special trains started leaving Patna for their respective destinations from 7pm on Sunday, sources said, adding railways had also kept in readiness two additional rakes and a few coaches at Danapur to clear the rush of rallyists.