In continuation with the protests that has been going on in the state and the country since last Friday against the remark on Prophet Muhammad, an agitation took place at Barasat in North 24-Parganas today. The protest resulted in disruption of train services in the Sealdah-Hasnabad section for a while.
Over one hundred protestors gathered near the railway line this morning shouting slogans. The group of protesters also staged a rail blockade by setting fire on the railway tracks near Kazipara Railway Station in Barasat. Like in other parts of the country, the protesters demanded immediate arrest of former Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nupur Sharma. Following the agitation, train movement of Sealdah-Hasnabad section was disrupted during morning office hours on the first working day of the week.
The protests left the passengers in the section facing a harrowing time. While some were stranded as fire was set on the tracks, the others faced difficulties in reaching their workplace.
According to the Eastern Railway office, the services of trains in the Sealdah-Hasnabad section were affected for about 12 minutes. Two local trains, as informed by the railway sources, were delayed following the blockade. The protest over the controversial comment on Prophet Muhammad by the former BJP spokesperson came to an end after the intervention of the railway police.