Disabled persons block rail tracks in Patna

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 19:54

Patna: Several differently-abled persons
including children in wheelchairs today demonstrated on a busy
rail track at the Patna junction station putting their lives
at risk from passing trains.

About 50 persons under the banner of an NGO `Samarthan`
took part in the demonstration to protest against the robbery
in a bogie reserved for the disabled in Danapur-Howrah
Express. They demanded adequate security while travelling in
Bihar.

Some of the protestors were moved to safety at the last
minute after a train was seen fast approaching, eyewitnesses
said, raising questions whether their safety was compromised.

Rail traffic was disrupted for over an hour due to the
agitation, an official of East Central Railways said.

Armed men had raided the reserved compartment in the
train near Khusroopur railway station on the night of
September 5 and looted cellphones, chargers, cash, jewellery
and other valuables from them.

A disabled rights activist Javed Abidi said it was
shocking that the safety of the differently abled persons were
compromised during the demonstration.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 19:54

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