Two students of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University were injured when they tried to resist some hooligans teasing their friends travelling on Tatanagar-Chhapra Express near Ujyarpur in the district on Monday.
The students were part of a 53-member contingent of the institute’s National Service Scheme (NSS) returning from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand after taking part in a youth and cultural festival, police said.
Along with NSS coordinator Ranjana Sinha, they were travelling in a sleeper compartment of the train. The criminals barged into the train when it slowed down near Ujyarpur on the Samastipur-Barauni section of East Central Railway on Monday morning.
The criminals, mostly from villages along Muzaffarpur’s boundary with Samastipur district, barged into the compartment and started teasing the girls, the police said.
It was then the boys of the institute protested their behaviour, resulting in a scuffle between the two sides.
The NSS team, with help from fellow passengers, managed to overpower the ruffians. “Sensing trouble, the criminals pulled the chain of the train and got off the compartment,” said Aman Kumar, a student of Rameshwar Singh College and a member of the NSS contingent.
“They then started throwing stones at the compartment. Two of our students and some passengers were injured in the attack,” said Ranjana, the NSS coordinator.
She added that the contingent had 19 students from Mahant Darshan Das Mahila College and other girls’ colleges. “All of them had to face nasty behaviour of the criminals,” she said.
An FIR has been filed against the unidentified criminals with the Government Railway Police (GRP), Muzaffarpur. GRP inspector Suresh Prasad said a manhunt has been launched to arrest the criminals, who appeared to be residents of Ujyarpur village.
The police have recorded the students’ statements.