North Bengal Development Minister Udayan Guha has accused the Indian government of charging high fares for the Vande Bharat Trains, despite their normal speed. Guha made the statement in response to an incident in which stones were thrown at a Vande Bharat train, damaging two window panes. State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denied that the incident took place in West Bengal and vowed to take action against those spreading rumors about it. The Indian Railways have launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the stone-throwing based on footage from CCTV cameras on the train. Two window panes on a Vande Bharat Express were also broken in an incident on January 2. No passengers were injured in either incident.
“If it’s a high-speed train, then why it’s taking eight hours from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri? Don’t use people’s money for painting a normal train as Vande Bharat,” Guha said.
“A case has been registered against unidentified persons under section 154 of the Railways Act. One main door glass was affected. No passenger was injured. Due to this, the train was not delayed,” the Indian Railways said.