On May 24, a North-East bound special train from Haryana was attacked at Danapur in Bihar. The scuffle started when the train halted at Danapur and locals tried to barge in. When the passengers objected to it, the locals started pelting stones and trying to break window panes. In the end, some youth from the Northeast got beaten up by the police.
According to passengers, they did not allow people to board the train at Danapur considering the threat vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic. But this infuriated the people who attacked the train with sticks and stones smashing windowpanes of coaches. An attacker was heard threatening to burn down the train. The police allegedly remained mute spectators as the women and girls were screaming for help.
Later, the RPF intervened and allowed the train to move.
The train had left Gurugram with people from Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh at around 5 pm on May 23.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh spoke to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Both assured Singh that such incidents will not be repeated.
On May 31, around the same location, locals in large numbers turned up to receive the passengers with food packets. “It is really heartening to see people carrying food packets and water coming to receive us,” said a passenger.
Chief Minister Singh tweeted a video.
After an incident of harassing a NE bound train in Bihar, Hon’ble Union Minister @PiyushGoyal ji and Hon’ble CM @NitishKumar ji intervened to never let it happen ever again. Today, we witnessed the people of Bihar offering foods to a NE bound train. Thank you all. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/IUv2TNxNGJ— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) May 31, 2020