In a brazen act of political propaganda, Congress workers pasted posters of Palakkad MP VK Sreekandan on the windows of a wagon of Vande Bharat Express when the train reached Shoranur in Kerala’s Palakkad yesterday.
According to eyewitnesses, the workers, who were allegedly affiliated with the Congress party, boarded the train and began pasting the posters on the windows of one of the wagons. The incident, which took place during the train’s brief halt at Shoranur station, caused a delay in the departure of the train.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) was immediately informed of the incident and a case has been registered against the perpetrators. An investigation is currently underway to identify and apprehend those responsible for the act of vandalism.
The incident has been widely condemned by political leaders across the spectrum, with many calling it an attack on the sanctity of the railways. The Vande Bharat Express, which is one of India’s flagship trains, has been the target of political vandalism in the past, with parties often using it as a platform for their political campaigns.
Railway officials have stated that such acts of vandalism not only cause inconvenience to passengers but also pose a serious threat to the safety and security of the train. They have appealed to political parties to refrain from using trains as a platform for their political campaigns and to respect the rules and regulations of the railways.
The incident has once again brought to the fore the need for stricter laws and penalties for those who engage in acts of vandalism on trains. Railway officials have urged the government to take stern action against those responsible for the incident to send a strong message to others who may be considering similar acts in the future.