Virar commuters, who routinely unleash unruly behaviour towards their counterparts from Borivli, got a bitter taste of their own medicine on the night of 19 October when passengers of a Dahanu-bound local train objected to their alighting at Virar.
According to a Times of India report, after receiving regular complaints from Virar commuters, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) raided the Churchgate-Dahanu train, due to which commuters were forced to travel up to Vaitarna station.
The RPF arrested 14 men, hailing from Palghar, and fined them Rs 1,000-2,000. According to the police, the arrested men were preventing Virar commuters from alighting.
The RPF personnel had to barge into the train and arrest them. A video of the uniformed cops using their batons and dragging commuters out of the train later went viral.
The accused have been booked under sections 141 (needlessly interfering with means of communication in a train), 145 (nuisance), 146 (obstructing railway servant in his duties).
Over the years, commuters travelling between Andheri to Borivli have complained of high-handedness when they alight at their stations from a Virar-bound train. In fact, as several Virar trains originate at Borivli, commuters wanting to alight at Goregaon, Malad and Kandivli (in a Borivli-bound train) are often blocked by Virar commuters.