As water crisis deepens, protesters halt train at railway station

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 5: Facing severe water shortage, the angry residents today stopped a Delhi-bound passenger train at Jammu Railway Station, delaying it by over 20 minutes.
As the Swaraj Express was departing for Delhi, a large number of people from the nearby Railway Colony gathered at the platform and began agitating in front of the train to press for their demands of adequate water supply.
The protesters raised slogans against the authorities and demanded immediate restoration of water supply to the colony.
The protesters including women said that they are facing shortage of drinking water for the past over six months, but no one was paying heed towards our plights, which forced them to held protest.
“We stopped the train just to inform the authorities about our problems, which we are facing on account of shortage of drinking water”, a protesting woman said.
Police and paramilitary forces had to be called in to remove the agitators from the platform.
In the meantime, efforts were made by the authorities to pacify the crowd, which agreed to let the train depart after a delay of 20 minutes.