MUMBAI: In what could be termed as a bizarre incident, a MLA from the Shiv Sena political party held up more than 2,000 passengers on the Devgiri Express at CST on Wednesday night in a tantrum over a side berth that lasted for 56 minutes.
Hemant Patil, the MLA from Nanded, refused to accept the seats allotted to him and his aide in the 2nd AC coach of the Devgiri Express and got the group accompanying them to keep pulling the chain, ensuring it didn’t move out of the platform. As a result, the train which was scheduled to leave the platform at 9.10 pm, moved out of CST only at 9.57pm.
The havoc created by the Nanded MLA also impacted two other long-distance and four super-fast trains, forcing a crowd of more than 1,000 people to keep waiting at the railway station.
General Manager of the Central Railways, Sushil Kumar said “I am not sure of what exactly has happened out there. The chain of the Devgiri Express was pulled by some passengers, delaying the train by more than an hour. We have ordered an inquiry on the incident and will spare no one if anything is done against the rules and regulations of the Indian Railways”.
On the other hand, Neelam Gorhe, Sena’s spokesperson and also a legislator, declined to comment on the incident. “Whatever Patil may have done was in his personal capacity. How can i react on this incident as a party spokesperson”, Mr Gorhe questioned the media.
Being at the receiving end of the ‘havoc’ created by the MLA Patil, the passengers on board expressed deep anguish on the legislator for making the public suffer for his self-benefit. Aslam Shaikh, a passenger said “All these laws are only for the common man.Why are elected representatives allowed to get away with such behavior?. If the same thing was done by a common man, he would have been hauled off to jail. An elected representative should at least ensure that he does not create problems to the public, even if he cannot solve them”.