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Some 15 trains were prevented from moving beyond the Alawwa Railway Station because of a protest by passengers over the delay in the Mahawa-Colombo office train, the Railway Control Room said

A tense situation prevailed at the station after the passengers attempted to assault the engine driver of the Mahawa to Colombo train this morning.

About 1,500 people who gathered at the station used concrete sleepers to block the railway line and disrupt the train services.  

When the train arrived at the Maradana railway Station a short while ago, few drivers at the station had forwarded two persons who had allegedly assaulted the train driver, to the Maradana Police Station.

Meanwhile Railway Trade Unions had met for a crucial meeting to discuss the Alawwa incident where passengers had attempted to assault a train driver. A trade union official said the decisions arrived at the meeting would be conveyed to the railway authorities.  

“We have decided on a work-to-rule campaign over the train accident at Pothuhera. Train delays are possible during such a campaign and as such train travellers should not assault drivers because of that. This is a serious matter,” Engine Drivers’ Association General Secretary K.A.U. Konthasinghe said.
(Chaturanga Pradeep)





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  • shirantha lakmal Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:01 AM

    Those CGR people deserve that i.e. severely beating. specially the crew at the Alawwa station takes hours just to issue a ticket depriving hundreds of commuters of a usual train. If inquired they only hoot in extreme anger reminiscing a "Maalu Kaaraya". Majority of CGR employees are uneducated, under civilized morons who do not deserve a job funded by the Public.

    flatwhite Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:07 AM

    Public does not allow the driver to perfom his job and instead they have taken the law in to their own hands.Culprits should be reprimanded in cour of law

    sarath Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:30 AM

    Protest in front of transport ministry not at Railway staitons.

    vimu7584 Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:39 AM

    I am a passenger of the Colombo bound inter city train , we had to hire a vehicle from Polgahawela and it was cost 6000 Rs. . We stucked in the train for hours , but train driver didn't even make an announcement and aware the passenger about the incident .

    kumar Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:07 AM

    why can't the minister for railways resign following the Korean example...

    shirantha lakmal Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:16 AM

    Only a daily commuter knows the severity of hardships caused by those crooks, i.e. from the Minister to Peons. Everyone is born ready to neglect their duties and responsibilities. Will the Minister's tomfoolery on philandering do anything possible to ease the situation ? highly unlikely :( CGR must be restructured with immediate effect by expelling all hoons and lunatics by privatizing or making in to an Authority. Then again, it is not gonna happen. All fellow-commuters,pls get ready to suffer more and more in the future too.

    Ruwan Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:35 AM

    Fully agree - seems totally stupid to delay trains as a protest against delays to trains!!

    malij Tuesday, 20 May 2014 06:13 AM

    [quote name="shirantha lakmal"]Those CGR people deserve that i.e. severely beating. specially the crew at the Alawwa station takes hours just to issue a ticket depriving hundreds of commuters of a usual train. If inquired they only hoot in extreme anger reminiscing a "Maalu Kaaraya". Majority of CGR employees are uneducated, under civilized morons who do not deserve a job funded by the Public.[/quote]
    Just like their boss.

    malij Tuesday, 20 May 2014 06:34 AM

    CGR corrupt to the CORE. Just like its bosses.

    malij Tuesday, 20 May 2014 06:36 AM

    No one can approve of such behavior. But no sympathies to CGR.

    Peace Lover Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:06 AM

    Well said, Sarath. This Minster of Transport and Womanizing must be attacked before the employees.

    Kochchiya Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:21 AM

    What is the point in assaulting engine drivers. They are now cautious because they have been found scapegoats by the authorities for the recent accidents. No one blames the obsolete and faulty signal system the faulty brakes and sub standard locomotives and coaches. These are beyond the responsibility of drivers guards and minor employees. What has the minister and higher authorities done to rectify these glaring short comings. Nothing. They are warming seats in their AC rooms in the capital. They must answer for these shortcomings. via DM iPad app

    Peace Lover Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:07 AM

    Absolutely True...


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