Asansol: Metro services in Kolkata have been put on a halt after a youth allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. The incident took place around 9:15 AM on Wednesday at Dum Dum metro station in Kolkata. As of now, no details regarding the condition of the passenger, who jumped on the tracks is available.
Kolkata Metro officials and police were rushed to the spot to remove the person from the track. “We are trying our best to remove the passenger out of the tracks. Until that is done the services cannot be resumed,” an official told Deccan Herald. (Also Read: Kolkata Metro Fire: 47 People Admitted to Hospital Post Rescue Ops; Passengers Claim Delay in Evacuation)
In a separate incident on December 28, a fire broke out between Rabindra Sadan and Maidan metro station in Kolkata that affected the train services and left several passengers injured. At least 42 passengers were rushed to SSKM Hospital while five were taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Passengers claimed they kept calling the helpline number, but the rescue team only reached much later.
“Many had injuries and cut marks, a few of them were having breathing problems. Five have been admitted, the rest will be discharged after medication,” said a source at the hospital. As per sources, around 1,500 passengers panicked after smoke filled coaches. Some broke windows to jump out into the tunnel between Rabindra Sadan and Maidan metro station. However, no casualty was reported, said police.
Metro CPRO Indrani Banerjee had said, “A fire broke out in Rabindra Sadan-Maidan metro at around 5.10 PM. The fire was controlled by our staff using fire hydrants. Fire services and Kolkata Police disaster management groups were also involved. The passengers of the affected metro were evacuated safely.”
The smoke was first detected at around 4.50 PM when the train was approaching Maidan station, sources said, adding the power switched was turned off while the fire was brought under control.