MUMBAI: Rail traffic between Virar, Vasai and Nalla Sopara were effected on Saturday morning, as commuters staged a railroko to protest the Pulwama terror attack where 45 jawans of the CPRF were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon. Stone pelting at trains were also reported at Nalla Sopara.
Besides the rail roko, shops and commercial establishments in Virar also downed their shutters on Saturday morning, and even a few Vasai civic buses were forced to halt at Virar, as part of the protests. Said Pratik Patil, of Palghar, who works in a cosmetics manufacturing firm in Andheri,I am stuck at Virar since the past 2 hours, as the Surat-Mumbai Flying Ranee Super fast express is not proceeding towards Mumbai due to the protests,so is the 15 coach Virar-Andheri local which is yet to leave Virar.. Similarly, two Churchgate-Dahanu morning trains have not reached Virar,while the Virar-Dahanu shuttle trains will operate normally as the Virar-Dahanu track is clear, said Patil. Said Amish Wadkar, a textile businessman from Boisar, the 0745 hr Dahanu Churchgate local was stopped near Nalla Sopara and locals on the tracks forced us to get down from the train and so we closed all doors and windows. The miscreants pelted stones at the train and also banged the doors and windows with lathis, and after a while, some miscreants managed to enter the coaches so we got down from the local and walked back, said Wadkar.
Some protestors also forced some Vasai civic buses to stop as they threatened to deflate the tyres if the buses proceeded ahead and so many passengers in the bus got down, said Prathamesh Tawde, a resident of Virar.
As per a WR tweet by the DRM, protestors have blocked the tracks at Nalla Sopara due to which train movement have been affeted at Nalla Sopara and beyond. GRP and RPF are making efforts to convince the people and evacuate the tracks and normalise the train movemnt, as per the tweet.