Kolkata: A desperate father taking his sick child to a doctor in Kolkata took it upon himself to remove a blockade on a rail line single-handedly so that the train he was in could resume its journey.

When Shyamal Ghosh found the EMU train stalled for over two hours at Bamungachi station in North 24 Parganas district, 35 km from here, over the weekend, he pleaded with the protesters who had put up a blockade demanding arrest of some criminals in the area. But when his plea fell on deaf ears, he placed his three-year-old son on his shoulder and began removing the obstructions himself.

“Nobody paid any heed to my appeals as I requested the picketers with folded hands not to stall the train as I was taking my son to a doctor in Kolkata,” he said.

As passengers watched, he removed the bamboo poles from the track. As soon as the track was cleared of obstruction, he shouted at the engine driver to start the train, which soon began moving.

“I understand how painful it is to be detained in a stalled train due to rail blockades which are launched on issues not related to trains and I was determined to foil the blockade,” Mr. Ghosh said.

The protesters, who were apparently taken aback and did not react at first, later raided the Station Master's room and heckled him for allowing the train to go. — PTI