‘My Right’: Ranchi Girl on Making Railways Run Rajdhani for Her
Eight hours after she put her foot down, Ananya got the Railways to run the Rajdhani with her as the lone passenger.
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“I didn’t ask them to run the train for me. I just questioned the authorities about how the train ended up on the wrong route. I stood up for my rights and the rights of every other passenger on that train.”
Ananya Choudhary, an undergraduate law student from Ranchi, single-handedly took on the Railway authorities on Thursday, 3 September, after they truncated the trip of Delhi-Rajdhani Express due to “track agitation” and asked the passengers to catch buses from the Daltonganj station.
Eight hours after she put her foot down and refused to take a bus or a cab until she was offered a written explanation from the authorities, Ananya got the Railways to run the Rajdhani Express for 300km with her as the lone passenger.
The train was stranded at Daltonganj station, 300 km away, for several hours due to an ongoing agitation. Over 250 Tana Bhagats were agitating at the Tori Junction.
Ananya, who was returning from Varanasi, kept talking to officials and tweeting until 3 pm when the Railways gave in. An hour later, the train began rolling with Ananya as the only passenger. The route diversion increased the distance to Ranchi from 200 km to 300 km and she reached Ranchi around 2 am on Friday, 4 September – hours after the scheduled arrival time.
In videos posted by Ananya on Twitter – narrating her ordeal – she says, “I just wanted the railway authorities to give me a written reply on how did the train end up on the wrong route. People bought tickets of an expensive train like the Rajdhani Express to prevent the coronavirus infection and in return, they were asked to travel by buses without any explanation.”
She further mentions that when she raised her voice, the authorities asked her and other passengers in her bogey to not go by bus and offered to arrange cabs for them. “After I objected to buses, they offered to arrange for cabs. Isn’t this a form of bribery? Did I raise my voice because I wanted to travel in a cab instead of a bus?” Ananya said in a video shared on Twitter.
‘Rajdhani Had to Be Taken to Ranchi Anyway’: Railway Authorities
Reacting to the incident, the railway authorities told The Telegraph that the train had to be taken to Ranchi anyway at some point so that it could start its return journey on Sunday.
Quoting Dhanbad railway division spokesperson P K Mishra, The Telegraph report mentioned that the bi-weekly train was diverted through the Gomoh-Bokaro route as the train was to leave for New Delhi from Ranchi on Sunday.
“If the agitation continues till Sunday, the train will again travel on a diverted route via Bokaro-Gomoh towards Delhi.”P K Mishra told The Telegraph
‘You Give Us Hope’: Netizens Applaud Ananya
Several users including actor Swara Bhasker took to Twitter to congratulate Ananya for refusing to budge even after she was told that there isn’t the slightest chance of the train running.
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