BENGALURU: Around 120 station masters from railway stations took part in a two-hour protest on Thursday over the assault on a colleague. The protest was organised by the South Western Railway Mazdoor Union outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s office.
The attack on the station master was carried out by a gang of six at Kelamangalam station in Krishnagiri district that falls under Bengaluru Railway Division. The station master Kumar Suraj Singh has now been declared out of danger after suffering head injuries. Pointsman Senthil Kumar too had suffered minor injuries.
“Station master Singh objected to some drunken youth kicking up a brawl inside the station at night and they attacked him ruthlessly,” said K V Raghavendra, divisional secretary, SWRMU. He also expressed outrage over top railway officials “not calling on the injured station master even 36 hours after the incident”. A petition complaining against the alleged “indifference of officials” has been submitted to the DRM and General Manager, Hubbali, he added.
When asked about this, ADRM Sunanda Arul said, “As soon as we got the news, a traffic inspector (Railways) was sent to the spot,” she said. Five of the six attackers have been nabbed, she said.