Hyderabad: Tension prevailed at the Secunderabad Railway Station on Friday afternoon when the police caned passengers who were jostling with each other while trying to board the Falaknuma Express to reach their hometowns ahead of the Sankranti festival.
A 26-year-old passenger, Pranathi, from Jagadgirigutta, suffered head injuries in the incident.
The chaotic scenes began soon after the Falaknuma Express reached Platform Number One around 3.30 p.m. Passengers rushed to enter the unreserved compartments to get a seat, in the process jostling between themselves. Even though the police requested passengers to form a queue to enter the coach, a majority of them did not heed the request and continued to push and shove each other.
This left several passengers in a harried situation, forcing the police to resort to a lathicharge. When the train was about to start, the police spoke to the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) of the sleeper class coach and ensured that the injured woman got a seat till she reached her hometown in Srikakulam. However, some have alleged that the police sent the woman on the train without giving her any first-aid treatment.
Meanwhile, South Central Railway (SCR) authorities denied that there was any lathi-charge at the railway station. SCR authorities said the police were helping passengers, especially women, to boarding the train without any inconvenience.
On Friday evening, a woman, who was trying to board the Falaknuma Express had accidentally fallen on the platform and noticing this immediately the police helped the woman. After a while, she was helped to board the train and continue her journey, an SCR spokesperson said.
With heavy rush being witnessed at railway stations, SCR has appealed to passengers to form a queue while boarding compartments, particularly unreserved coaches.
To avoid over-crowding, authorities appealed persons other than travelling passengers not to go on to the platforms for sending off passengers, stating that this would obstruct the entry and exit of passengers on trains. They wanted passengers to check the status of reserved tickets in advance and board trains accordingly, so as to avoid confusion.