According to his party colleague, stones were pelted into the Vande Bharat Express on Monday evening, carrying Asaduddin Owaisi, head of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in opinion-bound Gujarat. According to AIMIM leader Waris Pathan, Owaisi along with the party’s Gujarat president Sabir Kabliwala and other AIMIM leaders were traveling from Ahmedabad to Surat when the incident that damaged the train’s window occurred.
The AIMIN leader shared photos of the cracked window glass and tweeted in Hindi: “Tonight as we traveled together with Asaduddin Owaisi sir, Sabir Kabliwala Sahab and the AIMIM national team in the ‘Vande Bharat Express’ train from Ahmedabad to Surat, some unidentified people broke the glass by pelting rocks on the train!”
शाम हम हम @asadowaisi SabirKabliwala @aimim_national की टीम अहमदाबाद से सूरत के लिए Train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ में सफर कर रहे थे तब कुछ अज्ञात लोगों ने ट्रेन पर ज़ोर से पत्थर मारकर शीशा तोड़ दिया!#GujaratElections2022 pic.twitter.com/ZwNO2CYrUi
— Waris Pathan (@warispathan) Nov 7, 2022
Western Railways chief public relations officer (CPRO) Sumit Thakur confirmed the incident in a statement that a stone was pelted on the train but there was “no damage to the inside of the glass”.
“A crushed stone that hit the Vande Bharat Express en route to Mumbai on 7/11/2022 was revealed. The incident took place between Ankleshwar and Bharuch section. There was minor damage to the outer glass pane of the E-2 coach which has been treated and there is no damage to the inside glass,” the statement read.
Later, in a public meeting, Pathan addressed the BJP government in Gujarat and Center saying, “What happens… Sometimes there are cattle incidents (linked to Vande Bharat) and then this… We stood up the point of reaching Surat when a stone suddenly hit the train, cracking the window Then another stone came Owaisi sahab and our team traveled by train… We make no false claims. We have photo evidence.”
अहमदाबाद से सूरत वंदे भारत एक्सप्रेस (ट्रेन) में हुई घटना लेकर AIMIM के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता @warispathan साहब ने सूरत की जनसभा में कहा कि ‘आप पत्थर मारो या गोली चलाओ लेकिन @asadowaisi की आवाज़ ना रुकी है और ना ही रुकेगी इन्शाल्लाह’#VandeBharatExpress #AsaduddinOwaisi pic.twitter.com/xDpwAA0ioX
— Mohammed Naseeruddin (@naseerCorpGhmc) Nov 7, 2022
Referring to Prime Minister Modi, Pathan said: “Put at us with stones or attack us with fire. Regardless of the attacks, our voices will not be silenced.”
His comments come as parties campaign heavily for Gujarat polls next month.
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