Angry students set fire to trains in Bihar, violence erupts

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Patna, Oct 22(UNI) Hundreds of students across Bihar today vent their anger on public property following last Monday's assualt on Bihari students in Maharashtra by setting fire to train coaches and ransacking a number of stations forcing the police to open fire at Barh.

Official reports reaching here informed that a large number of battered Bihari students on their return from Mumbai this morning resorted large scale violence at Brah, Khusrupur, Hardasbigha, Fatuha,Bhagalpur,Jamalpur,Nawada,Jehanabad,Purnia and Sasaram stations besides preventing movement of several long distance and local trains passing through Bihar.

Shouting anti-MNS slogans and demanding stern action against its Chief Raj Thackray they also ransacked the stations and damaged large number of railway property in all these and several other stations.

As soon as the 3287 Up Durg-Danapur Express arrived at Barh station, about 50 km from here, angry students set fire to three air conditioned coaches after asking the passengers to quickly disembark. All the coaches were completely destroyed despite all out efforts by two fire tenders to douse the flames. The brake van and Guard Coach of the train were also damaged.

Finding the situation was fast going out of control the police first resorted to lathicharge to ward off the angry students before resorting to firing in the air. At least five rounds were fired in the air though none was injured.

However five students had been taken into custody, the sources said adding that Divisional Railway Manager, Danapur rushed to the spot to monitor the situation and pacify the agitated students.

Another group of angry students stopped the Vikramshila Express at Jamalpur station and cut off the engine to prevent its onward journey. They also pelted stones on passengers and ransacked the station master's office.

Reports of largescale students violence were also pouring in from other parts of the state including north Bihar.

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