Protesters block trains in Nalasopara

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 17 February 2019

Shops shut in various parts of Mumbai; public transport including BEST buses plied without problem

MUMBAI: Angry Mumbaikars across the city and suburbs staged protests on Saturday to express their anger over the killing of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in the Pulwama terror attack.

Traders and shopkeepers shut their shops and lowered their shutters in support of the protest. Thousands of protesters enforced a ‘rail roko’ at Nalasopara station on Western Railway in the morning. Many office goers joined the protesters in the ‘rail roko’ at around 8 am. 

The protesters blocked all four tracks on Western Railway (WR) due to which several local and long-distance trains were affected forcing the railway administration to cancel trains running between Vasai-Virar-Nalasopara routes and rescheduled some of them. However, services between Vasai to Churchgate were not much affected.

As per information, the protesters gathered at Nalasopara station in Palghar district at 8 am and blocked the railway tracks raising slogans against Pakistan.

According to Western Railway (WR), several protesters blocked the tracks at Nalasopara affecting the train movement. GRP, RPF made efforts to convince the people for evacuating the tracks and normalise  train movement.

The protesters demanded action against Pakistan for offering shelter to the terrorists and carrying out attacks against India. Slogans were raised against Pakistan during the protest. 

After almost three hours of struggle, police and railway authorities managed to clear the rail tracks, resuming train movement.

In areas like Bhendi Bazar, Fort, Dadar, Parel, Byculla (Mustafa Bazar), Gandhi Market (Matunga), shops were totally shut to protest against the terror attack. Only medical shops were open. Traffic on the roads was normal. Public transport including BEST buses and taxis plied without any hurdle. Protesters didn’t try to stop the traffic. 

In western suburbs, citizens organised a protest march and candle march to pay homage to the martyrs. In Goregaon and Malad, the residents staged protests and paid condolence.

The Nationalist Congress Party has issued a call for a bandh in Mumbra. 

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