HUBBALLI: After more than 3,000 candidates missed exam due to alleged negligence of South Western Railway, the officials from the SWR on Sunday blamed the candidates for the delay of Rani Chennamma Express.

Addressing a press meet in the evening, Rajesh Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi Division, SWR, admitted that engine of Rani Chennamma Express was used to push goods train from rear end. “To make quick way for Rani Chennamma Express, its engine was used in a good faith. However, due to drizzling and wheel slipping, goods train stopped again after 3kms‘ of journey. Then another engine was sent from Mugad.

When the engine returned to Rani Chennamma Express by 1.08am, candidates started agitation fearing missing the exam. Our efforts of convincing them to reach Bengaluru by 8.30am, went in vain. They detained train for three hours. They also pelted stones at engine, lives of our pilots, TTEs, guard and station staff were at stake. When we started train from Kambarganvi by 3.55am, candidates kept pulling alarm chain demanding postponement of their examination. It again took us an hour to bring the train to Hubballi. However, there was no threat to safety and security of passengers when train was detained at Kambarganvi, where station staff, guard, TTEs and other personnel kept convincing passengers about the hurdles. If candidates could have cooperated, we would have ensured their arrival at Bengaluru by 8.30am on Sunday” he explained.

E Vijaya, Deputy Manager, SWR, asserted that SWR won‘t file cases against candidates for creating hurdle for the train movement. “Usually we will book cases against people, who stall train . In this case, candidates have acted vibrantly with the fear of losing their exam. Seeing this humanity angle, we are not lodging any cases against them” she added.

Both officials affirmed that they will write a letter to state government requesting for re-exam for these candidates.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager I Senthilkumar, Senior Divisional Operations Manager Krishna Reddy were also present on the occasion.
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