The death of a 26-year-old software engineer on Wednesday on the railway tracks near Whitefield railway station here led to a massive protest from residents of Kadugodi.
Demanding a skywalk, they blocked the tracks and stopped a goods train.
The residents turned their ire on the Railway authorities, the MLA, and the local councillor for turning down their repeated pleas for a skywalk. People were forced to cross the railway tracks to reach the bus-stand and the adjacent areas, which put their lives at risk. Many people had lost their lives while crossing the tracks.
At 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Bipin Kumar (26), a native of Delhi, was crossing the tracks when he was run over by the Lalbagh Express. He was employed with the Tata Consultancy Services.
On Tuesday, Sunita, a 20-year-old MBBS student from Kolar and residing at Kadugodi, was run over by the Chennai Express around 8.30 p.m.
Enraged residents of the area blocked the rail tracks, resulting in the movement of four trains getting affected.
People began their protest at 8.45 a.m. and at noon senior Railway officials and the police promised them that a skywalk would be built in six months.
The Kadugodi police station is close to the railway tracks, and the police said that at least 10 to 12 people get killed on the tracks every month.