On the second day of its voyage after being hailed off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30, unidentified miscreants threw stones at the freshly launched Vande Bharat Express in Malda, North Bengal.
Despite the fact that no passengers were hurt, the impact broke the glass of a coach C-13 door. The Railways Act’s section 154 has been invoked by the railway authorities, who have opened an investigation and filed a case.
“There was a case of stone pelting on the New Jalpaiguri–Howrah Vande Bharat Express at Kumarganj around 5:50 pm on Monday. One main door-glass was affected. None were injured. There was no delay in the schedule,” a senior railway official said.
The inaugural Vande Bharat Express for West Bengal was launched by PM Modi on Friday, and it began passenger service on January 1. However, the incident on Monday set off a blame game between the Trinamool Congress, the government, and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition.
“Unfortunate & sickening. Stones pelted at India’s pride Vande Bharat Express in WB’s Malda district. Is this revenge for ‘Jai Shree Ram’ chants on the Inaugural day? I urge @PMOIndia & @RailMinIndia to handover the probe to @NIA_India & punish the perpetrators. @AshwiniVaishnaw,” tweeted Suvendu Adhikary, BJP legislator and leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly.
“Who are trying to damage ‘Vande Bharat’? Proper investigation needed. @AITCofficial strongly condemn stone throwing. But this may be a conspiracy to create negative campaign against Bengal. First throw stones, then make statements, then start dirty politics; a well-planned script,” Kunal Ghosh, TMC spokesperson tweeted.