Mumbai: Central and Harbour line train services were disrupted on Friday morning after angry commuters protested against the delay in trains and cancellation of a few in the morning rush hour.
An overhead wire broke near Diva station, between Thane and Kalyan, after which trains were halted for some time on Friday morning. Although the technical issue was solved, the delay in services agitated the passengers leading to violent protests.
The protesters also set on fire at least three vehicles, including a police jeep, Thane Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Control Officer Santosh Kadam said.
The worst affected were the Thane, Kalyan and Dombvili stations where a large number of commuters board the locals to reach
At least one motorman of a local train was injured in stone-throwing, the disaster control room office said. Police had to resort to lathicharge to quell the irate mob.
Following the agitation, lakhs of commuters were stranded at the stations and reached their offices late.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a high level probe into the disruption and said that he has discussed the matter with Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu.