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3 IRB men suspended for Rly Stn. rampage
Staff Reporter Dimapur /SILIGURI, DEC 24 (AGENCIES/NPn):
Published on 27 Dec. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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Nagaland police have suspended an ABSI identified as one Kitska along with two other jawans of the 13 IRB who were allegedly involved in a rampage at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station on Wednesday night. A group of reportedly drunk constables from Nagaland went on rampage on Wednesday night at New Jalpaiguri railway station, breaking window panes and assaulting the railway staff with rifle butts. Six of the 12 railway employees injured in the attack were admitted to NJP Railway Hospital. The policemen were apparently venting their anger at the railway authorities for delaying the replacement of the engine of the train that was taking them from Ranchi to Dharmanagar in Tripura. They were returning from poll duty in Jharkhand. Pawan Kumar, the area manager of the NJP station, said the special train stopped at the railway siding located off the platforms around 9pm for filling up water and for replacing the engine. “There were 18 coaches and number of personnel of the Nagaland police was around 800. They were returning from Jharkhand after completing poll duty. Around 11pm, I came to know that the angry policemen had started ransacking the station office and beating up all our staff present at the spot,” the area manager said, according to a report in The Telegraph. “When I went there to investigate, I was also beaten up,” he said today at his office. Gurudas Mondal, the station manager, said the violence continued till after 11pm. Mondal said the policemen were getting restless after they saw that the locomotive was de-linked from the train and sent off to the diesel shed. “They were drunk and they began shouting that the engine would not come back and they would be stranded. Then around 10:30 pm the policemen attacked us all of a sudden. About 30 to 40 of them barged into the office of the station manager and began flailing at us with their rifle butts and hit us too,” Mondal said. The policemen then damaged furniture and broke the windowpanes of the station manager’s office. “A dozen of us were injured and we were taken to the railway hospital. The Railway Police Force and the GRP somehow managed to calm them and the train finally left around 1am,” said the station manager, who is among those to have been released from the hospital after first aid. Mondal said that while it took about 40 minutes to fill water in the rake, it takes about two hours for the batteries of a diesel locomotive to get fully charged before it can start pulling the coaches. He lodged a complaint against the constables with the Government Railway Police at NJP. An officer from the RPF said the personnel from Nagaland were intoxicated. “And there was not sufficient GRP or the RPF at the station at that moment,” he said. The superintendent of the railway police, Jayanta Pal, said a case has been started against the Nagaland policemen for unlawful assembly and destruction. Paritosh Pal, the secretary of Northeast Frontier Railway Mazdoor Union’s NJP branch, said railway minister Mamata Banerjee would be informed about the incident. Speaking to Nagaland Post over phone, DIG, Doungel described the incident as “regretful incident” and said that disciplinary action would be initiated against those responsible as per the gravity of their misconduct. He said a departmental enquiry would be constituted to investigate into the incident. The police personnel who have come home for Christmas vacation would go back to their base on January 2 next, the DIG said, adding that investigation would commence subsequently. Recalling the incident, Doungel said that the train in which Naga jawans were traveling was halted for quite sometime because the special trains usually run on specific slots. As they were returning home to celebrate Christmas, the jawans were agitated when the train was delayed.

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