Stone-pelting events on trains in Kerala have prompted concerns about the safety of rail travel. Miscreants assaulted the Mangaluru-Chennai Superfast Express and the Netravati Express in Kannur district on August 13. In reaction, Kerala’s opposition Congress questioned the safety of rail travel in the state, advocating harsh punishment for those implicated.
Around 50 persons were detained by Hosdurg police in the Kasaragod area for suspicious behaviour near railway tracks. Stones had recently been hurled at a Rajdhani Express and a Vande Bharat train.
K Muraleedharan, a Congress MP, voiced concern about passenger safety and advocated for strong government engagement to prohibit such acts. Senior police officers have inspected the tracks, and a case has been filed under the Railways Act.