Metro services were disrupted during peak office hours on Thursday morning because of a suicide. Operations were stalled for nearly an hour and even after services resumed, the trains were overcrowded.
Hours before taxi drivers brought the heart of the city to a near standstill with a traffic-choker demonstration, the city’s underground lifeline was thrown off gear.
A 17-year-old youth jumped on the tracks just as a New Garia-bound non-AC rake had pulled into Birji (Shahid Khudiram) station at 9.46am.
The victim was identified as Mrinal Mondal, a resident of Kalitala on Garia Station Road.
The body was taken to MR Bangur Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
Metro service was available between Tollygunge and Noapara till 10.30am. The ripple effect of the disruption continued well past 11am.
Tanima Mondal, 39, failed to get into a packed train at Tollygunge station at 11.15am. “I had to let go of two consecutive trains as both were packed to the brim. It was impossible to get into them,” said Mondal, a resident of Haridevpur.
“We tried to remove the body and clear the tracks as soon as we could to get the Metro up and running. The motive of the suicide is not yet known,” said a senior Metro official.