"People are forced to travel as cattle in trains. They have to travel in toilets despite paying full fare. The people of Bihar are unable to celebrate the great festival of Chhath with honour due to mismanagement by the useless Central government. It is against Bihar. The Railway ministry is worthless," Kumar said in his post on a social media site.
Kumar, who had twice been the Railway Minister between 1999 and 2004, hit out at the Railway Ministry saying it "should be ashamed that people lost their lives and limbs due to its mismanagement".
"We demand that the Railway ministry to apologise to the people of Bihar and take action. The families of those who died should be given compensation and jobs. The injured should be treated and compensated. Full fare should be returned to the passengers who did not get facilities as per their tickets," Kumar added.
The former Chief Minister also asserted that JD (U) will fight for the prestige and faith of the people of Bihar till justice is done. The senior JD (U) leader has also attached various newspaper clippings with his post, depicting the misery of train passengers travelling from New Delhi to their native places in Bihar on the occasion of Chhath, a festival dedicated to the Sun God, which will be celebrated this year on Oct 29 and 30.
The newspaper reports, which Kumar has tagged, speak about death of a passenger to Bihar and injuries to others in the melee on New Delhi railway station and overcrowded trains.