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    This story is from February 14, 2008

    Scared Biharis arrive from Mumbai

    Kumod Verma | TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2008, 4:30 IST
    PATNA: Hundreds of Biharis who arrived from Mumbai literally broke down at Patna Junction on Wednesday. They were the hapless lot who fled Maharashtra following repeated attacks on north Indians by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers.
    While relief was writ large on their faces on arrival here, they raised slogans against MNS chief Raj Thackeray and the Maharashtra government.
    Anil Kumar Singh, who worked in a Nashik-based private firm, told TOI that he was injured during an attacked by MNS activists. He said MNS activists have now targeted and singled out Biharis living in Maharashtra. "It was with great difficulty that my family and I managed to board the first available Patna-bound train," he said in anguish.
    Harihar Yadav, Lallan Prasad, Lal Bihari Prasad Yadav and Jitendra Kumar ��� all from Harnaut in Nalanda district ��� recounted similar tales of woe. They were assaulted in an organized manner by MNS workers in Nasik and suffered injuries.
    Harihar and Lallan, who were employed in a Nashik factory for a long time, lost their valuables during the attack. "We were threatened with dire consequences if we did not leave Maharashtra immediately," Harihar said.
    Jitendra said that despite repeated attacks on Biharis and north Indians, the local police remained a silent spectator.
    Meanwhile, the occupancy rate in all Mumbai-bound trains from East Central Railway (ECR) has gone down marginally in the wake of attacks on Biharis in Maharashtra. Many passengers who had booked their reservations in Mumbai-bound trains have sought refund of the tickets. However, there were many others who preferred to travel to Mumbai on Wednesday.
    About 16 pairs of passenger trains run from different places in Bihar to Mumbai daily. ECR deputy chief commercial manager A K Rajak said the occupancy rate in most of the Mumbai-bound trains currently is about 90 per cent, while it about 50 per cent in the newly-introduced passenger trains.
    A senior ECR official, while rattling off data regarding availability of berths in various Mumbai-bound trains, said the railways are bound to incur huge loss if the attacks on Biharis and north Indians continue in Maharashtra. more from times of india cities Delhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsOdisha Elections 2019Delhi PollutionMumbai FloodsAP Elections 2019

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