Stones were thrown on the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express after a few days of its inauguration in West Bengal's Kumarganj railway station in Malda district.
Kolkata: Stones were thrown on the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express after a few days of its inauguration in West Bengal’s Kumarganj railway station in Malda district. The BJP has been demanding an NIA investigation into the matter.
No injuries have been reported so far. The incident took place on Monday evening, a railway official said. The window glass of window C13 of the 22303 Vande Bharat Express was damaged.
Despite the pelting stones, the train kept running and stopped at its destination at Malda Town railway station, the official said.
Malda Town railway station Government Railway Police (GRP) IC Prashant Rai said that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been investigating the matter.
On December 30, the train was virtually flagged-off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Howrah station.
“Unfortunate & sickening. Stones were pelted at India’s pride, the Vande Bharat Express in West Bengal’s Malda district. Is this revenge for ‘Jai Shree Ram’ chants on the Inaugural day? I urge @PMOIndia & @RailMinIndia to hand over the probe to @NIA_India & punish the perpetrators. @AshwiniVaishnaw,” he tweeted.
The opposition leader in the West Bengal Assembly and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari said that the incident was “revenge” for the slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram” that occurred at the inaugural function in Howrah station. Therefore, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee didn’t share the dais from where the train was flagged off.
The incident has taken on a political hue and cry because the TMC was not happy with the political slogan at the government event.