Mrunal Manmay Dash

With a significant number of people heading Bihar and north India for Chhath Puja, the trains are experiencing an unusually high volume of passengers. Overcrowding in trains has forced people to miss their trains as well.

A man named Anshul Sharma from Gujarat slammed Indian Railways after an overcrowded train at Vadodara railway station forced him out of his compartment despite having a confirmed 3-tier AC ticket to his hometown in Ratlam, MP.

He vented out his anger on the Railways by taking on to X. He wrote, “Thanks for ruining my Diwali. This is what you get even when you have a confirmed 3rd AC ticket. No help from Police. Many people like me were not able to board.”

He tagged Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and the DRM of Vadodara in the tweet.

Along with his tweet, he posted some videos and pictures of the appalling condition of the train where it can be clearly seen that people are storming the AC compartments filling them like general coaches. He demanded a total refund of his ticket fee Rs 1173.95.

In a subsequent tweet, he wrote, "The labour crowd thrown me out of the train. They locked the doors and they did not let anyone enter into the train. Police said clearly no to help me and started laughing at the situation."

Many ‘X’ users vented their anger on the Railways blaming it for utter mismanagement during festive season.

A user Lokesh Reddy replied, “Dude you should demand free travel for life.. this is such a disaster to face after having a booked premium class ticket.”

Another user Abhishek Gureja wrote, “Indian Railways should be taken to court, no one does it and they get away with shoddy work.”

Earlier on November 11, a 40-year-old man died while two were hospitalised following the chaos that occurred when passengers were boarding a Bihar-bound special train for the upcoming Chhath festival at Surat railway station in Gujarat.

Passengers rushed to board the Tapti Ganga Express train from Surat railway station in the morning, causing chaos in which some people fainted.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite standing in line for 48 hours, many passengers have been unable to get a seat on trains back home.