Mumbai: Displeased after getting a side berth ticket, the Shiv Sena MLA created a commotion on Wednesday night, which held up more than 2,000 passengers for about an hour on the Devagiri Express at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Hemant Patil, an MLA from Nanded district in Maharashtra, and his aide refused to accept the 'side' seats 35 and 36 in the 2nd AC coach and got the group accompanying them to keep pulling the chain, ensuring it didn't move out of the platform.
The train, that was supposed to leave at 9.10 pm, moved out of CST only at 9.57 pm, but was forced to halt near Masjid station. From there, the train finally left at 10.06 pm. The MLA's 'situation' remained unresolved.
The delay of Devagiri Express also affected two other long-distance trains — the CST-Mangalore Express, and the Siddheshwar Express (to Solapur) — by more than 15 minutes. Four fast local trains were also held up causing a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the platforms.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Central Railway, Sunil Kumar, said that he would institute an inquiry into the incident. "The chain of the Devagiri Express was pulled by some passengers, delaying the train for over an hour. We will inquire into what exactly transpired."
On the other hand, Sena spokesperson and legislator Neelam Gorhe dismissed the incident saying that the act of the MLA Patil was “in his personal capacity”.
The passengers on the train seemed visibly angry. "If a regular passenger had made such a scene, he would have been hauled off to jail. Why are elected representatives allowed to get away with such behaviour?" Aslam Shaikh questioned.
It would be upon further investigation that the final outcome could be determined. However, incidents as such make people wonder as to whom do these 'netas' serve: public or themselves?