Stone Pelters Strike Vande Bharat Train Maintenance Work in Visakhapatnam Ahead of PM Modi’s Flag-Off
As India prepares to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s historic launch of Vande Bharat train service on January 19, it has already been attacked with stone-pelters in Andhra Pradesh, with miscreants throwing stones during maintenance at Maripalem coach maintenance center.
Andhra Pradesh | Stones pelted on Vande Bharat train in Visakhapatnam which will be flagged off by PM Modi on Jan 19. Incident occurred during maintenance.
Glass pane of a coach of Vande Bharat express was damaged near Kancharapalem, Visakhapatnam. Further probe underway: DRM pic.twitter.com/JQLrHbwyJ4
— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2023
One coach windshield was damaged during an attack that took place as the train traveled from Visakhapatnam railway station to its maintenance center after finishing its trial run. Railway Protection Force has registered a case and are investigating.
Vande Bharat Express trains have been targeted with stone pelters before. Similar attacks were reported from West Bengal where trains were attacked multiple times within nine days.
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