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Passenger detained after smoking cigarette inside toilet of Tirupati-Secunderabad Vande Bharat train | VIDEO

Following the false alarm, the aerosol fire extinguisher started emitting powder-like smoke to douse the flame and in that process, the passengers in that coach panicked.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma Amaravati (AP) Published on: August 10, 2023 10:06 IST
Passenger detained, passenger smoke cigarette inside Vande Bharat toilet, Tirupati Secunderabad Vand
Image Source : PTI (FILE). Vande Bharat train

An unauthorised passenger's smoking activity inside a toilet on Tirupati–Secunderabad Vande Bharat Express triggered a false fire alarm, smoke-like extinguisher and halted the train for some time on Wednesday (August 9), a railway official said.

The incident happened in coach C-13 on Train Number 20702 after passing Gudur, added the official.

"An unauthorised passenger boarded the train from Tirupati and locked himself in the toilet of C-13 coach. The passenger smoked inside the toilet which resulted in automatic activation of aerosol fire extinguisher present inside the toilet," an official from South Central Railway (SCR) Zone's Vijayawada Division said.

Following the false alarm, the aerosol fire extinguisher started emitting powder-like smoke to douse the flame and in that process, the passengers in that coach panicked. Later, they relayed the information to the train's guard through an emergency phone connection inside the coach, leading to the train getting halted at Manubolu around 5:00 pm.

Mistaking the false alarm to be a fire accident, the Railway police rushed to the coach with a fire extinguisher and broke the toilet's window to save the passenger who was smoking inside it. Railway police detained him at Nellore for appropriate action as per the Railway Act, the official added while the train resumed its journey later.

(With PTI inputs) 

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