While Indian Railways is facing a 20% shortage of train drivers, the recently-launched Antyodaya Express has a problem of plenty.
Senior railway officials realised it only last month on August 22, when the train reached Bharatpur at 10:53 pm en route to Bandra (Maharashtra) from Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh).
Dozens of drivers from the Kota division of the West Central Region (WCR) stopped the train at Bharatpur and pushed the driver Sandeep Mukherjee and his assistant Deepak Mahaur out of the train, according to the report filed by loco inspector M K Meena, who was also present in the engine at the time of incident.
Both Mukherjee and Mahaur belong to Agra division which falls under North Central Region (NCR).
Meena also alleged that the WCR drivers beat both Mukherjee and Mahuar but the Railway Police Force (RPF) remained mute spectators. Read More…