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‘Explosion and smoke’ panic on Metro train

Passengers of two coaches of a Dum Dum-bound Metro train allegedly smashed the glass panels on the doors in an attempt to escape after a fire scare on Thursday night.

As the non-AC train was entering Mahatma Gandhi Road station around 8.58pm, passengers heard a “sort of explosion” and saw smoke, said witnesses.

As cries of “fire” rent the air, the driver slammed the emergency brakes. The train stopped with six coaches in the platform, two still in the tunnel.

“Some scared passengers in the coaches still inside the tunnel started banging on the glass panels because the doors would not open. They broke some portions using heavy objects they were carrying,” said Dipali Kar, a passenger.

The passengers could finally come out after around seven minutes, when the motorman pulled the entire train into the platform and opened the doors.

“We heard a mild explosion as the train was entering Mahatma Gandhi Road station. Gradually the lights in all coaches started going out. Within seconds, the entire train was pitch-dark. Passengers panicked when they saw smoke enveloping the coaches,” Kar, who had boarded the train at Rabindra Sarobar station, told news channel ABP Ananda.

Protyush Ghosh, the spokesperson of Metro Rail, denied that passengers had broken the glass panels of the coaches.

“There was some problem in coach number 3. The motorman slammed the brakes when he learnt about the problem. Two coaches were still inside the tunnel. The motorman stepped outside his cabin and requested the passengers not to panic. He then pulled the entire train on to the platform and opened the doors and the passengers stepped out,” Ghosh said. He also denied that the lights had gone out in all coaches. “Only the lights in coach number 3 had gone out. Nobody was injured,” he added.

The train was taken to the Noapara car shed for repairs. Normal services resumed at 9.25pm.

College to re-open: City College (North) will re-open on Friday after an assurance from Calcutta University on the security of students and teachers in the wake of Trinamul feud on the campus. The Amherst Street college was shut down on Wednesday after nearly a week of clashes between rival factions of the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad.

Blue moon: The full moon on Friday night will be a “blue moon”, which is the term used for two full moons in a month. The phenomenon occurs roughly once in two-and-a-half years.