Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 13:22
Train services normal on the main line: Tension of Alawwa incident spreads to Maradana.
Train services which were crippled due to a passenger protest have now returned to normal.
Passengers staged a demonstration at the Alawwa Railway station this morning alleging that the office train which starts from Maho at 4.50am is getting delayed.
Train Controller Gunapala Vithanage told our news team that about 20 trains including long distance services got delayed after the protestors blocked the railway tracks with sleepers this morning.
Passengers said that the Maho Colombo office train was 20 minutes late when it arrived at Alawwa this morning.
Passengers had started assaulting the train as well as its engine driver as the train reached the Alawwa Railway Station and the engine driver was injured during the assault.
Meanwhile a tense situation erupted when UPFA North Western Provincial Councilor Sumith Rajapakse arrived at the scene and talked to protesters.
The protesters gave up at 10am today after Railway Transport Superintendent L.A.R. Rathnayake arrived at the Station and talked to the protesters.
The Railway Transport Superintendent told our news team that he promised the protesters to run the Maho Colombo office train on the scheduled time.
The Maho train arrived at Maradana Railway Station at 11.30am after the injured driver was replaced by another engine driver.
After the Maho train was reached the Maradana Railway Station, a tense situation erupted again as heated words were exchanged between passengers and railway officials.