Kolkata, Oct 4: Hundreds of frightened commuters today jumped off a speeding train after some passengers pulled the chain on noticing smoke in a compartment of the Howrah bound Shreerampur DMU between Belur and Bally stations of Eastern Railway's main line.
This happened around 10.00 hours as the packed train chugged off the Bally station during morning peak hour. Panic-stricken passengers raised an alarm of fire even before the new commuters could settle down. As the DMU screeched to a halt hundreds of people were seen jumping off the train, eye witnesses said. Many women too were seen jumping onto the tracks. However, there was no report of any injury.
The train left for Howrah station after a 30-minute halt and reached there around 11.00 hours. Preliminary reports said there was some smoke between two compartments following friction of electrical wiring. The train was taken to the Howrah car shed for inspection. (UNI)