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Posted: Dec 14 2013 (16:54)

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Dec 14 2013 (14:30)   Ayyappa devouts face stone pelting in Sabari Express (No. 17229 Trivandrum-Nampally
 

Jayashree ❖ Amita*^   36835 news posts
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GUNTUR: Ayyappa devotees from Andhra Pradesh travelling in Sabari Express (No. 17229 Trivandrum-Nampally) were allegedly attacked in Kerala on Friday. This is the second such incident in the last two days.
Around a dozen devotees were injured when students and local youths hurled stones at the train near Shoranur station around 1 pm. Enraged over the attack, about 600 pilgrims from Andhra staged a rail roko protest. They ended the flash protest only after the intervention of senior police officials and the train resumed its journey at 5.30 pm.
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by devotees, trouble began soon after the train left Trivandrum at 7.30 am. A pilgrim, Lingareddy of Guntur, who was travelling in the S-10 coach objected to a couple occupying his reserved berth. When asked to move, the couple reportedly insisted that they be allowed to remain in the coach as they would disembark within an hour.
Even as heated arguments were going on, the couple got down at Thrissur and lodged a complaint with the police. The cops then asked Lingareddy and his associates to come to the police station. But with around 30 passengers in the S-10 coach objecting, the police finally allowed them to go ahead and the train left the station after a halt of 30 minutes.
However, some locals and students reached the next station, Shoranur Junction, and allegedly rained stones on the train. "It was a horrifying experience as they ruthlessly attacked us," K Venkateswarlu of Vinukonda told TOI over phone. Pilgrims suspect that the attack was in view of a similar incident involving Bokaro Express on Thursday. Devotees from Prakasam district travelling by Bokaro Express had faced trouble and a railway police constable from Ongole town, Rambabu, was injured.
But on Friday, the angry pilgrims from all the coaches got down and staged a protest at the station. There were around 600 pilgrims from Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam travelling on the train. A devotee, Anna Mallikharjuna Rao, said none of the public representatives from AP intervened despite their frantic calls to various ministers. Some devotees were also allegedly detained by the Kerala police.

  
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Dec 14 2013 (16:54)
S V Iyer*^~   13777 blog posts   12350 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Wah... kya baat hai... Unreserved passengers can occupy reserved coach.
If asked to alight or move from the coach, they resort to stone pelting....
and people demand all trains to halt in all stations.....
Are the RPFs sleeping?

  
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Dec 14 2013 (16:55)
S V Iyer*^~   13777 blog posts   12350 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Wah... kya baat hai... Unreserved passengers can occupy reserved coach.
If asked to alight or move from the coach, they complain and a supporting group resorts to stone pelting....
and people demand all trains to halt in all stations.....
Are the RPFs sleeping?

  
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Dec 14 2013 (16:59)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3877 blog posts   43072 correct pred (78% accurate)
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This is the news report from the other angle- as appeared in TOI, Kochi edition today:
A fight between Sabarimala pilgrims and local people over the assault of a person who boarded Sabari Express created a ruckus at Shoranur railway station on Friday, leading to disruption of traffic to Malabar region for nearly three hours.
Railway police have arrested two Andhra natives – Rajasekharan (36) and Ramalinga Reddy (48) of Gundoor -- for attacking one Ramachandran (56) of Thiruvananthapuram.
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The incident occurred around 2.30pm at Shoranur railway station, resulting in the delay of eight trains. Thrissur railway police sub-inspector Sivadasan said Ramachandran was travelling in a sleeper coach in Sabari Express from Kollam to Shoranur on a sleeper ticket to meet his son studying at Kerala Kalamandalam. A group of Andhra natives boarded the same coach from Thrissur.
He said the pilgrims wanted Ramachandran to leave the coach and the two accused assaulted him when he refused to do so. Ramachandran complained to the railway police when the train reached Shoranur railway station and two were taken into custody. The other pilgrims halted the train, demanding their release, while travellers in other trains quarrelled with them.
They resumed their journey later. On Thursday too, there was a similar incident of Sabarimala pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh assaulting a person in a train at Shoranur railway station.
Sivadasan said a commuter could travel in sleeper coaches between 6am and 9pm on a sleeper ticket as per the rules. The two have been booked under Sections 341, 323 read 34 of the IPC, which will invite three years’ imprisonment and jail term if found guilty.
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