Annoyed at the shortage of water in many coaches of the Tatanagar-Alappuzha Express, Ayyappa devotees, on their way to the hill shrine of Sabarimala, staged a demonstration inside the Erode Railway Junction on Monday.
The train, which normally arrives at the station at 10.15 a.m., entered only at 11.05 a.m. on Monday.
As soon as the train came to a halt, over 500 devotees got out from the train and asked railway authorities to fill up the water tanks in the coaches immediately.
They claimed that a majority of the coaches including unreserved compartments did not have water and they were not able to use the toilets.
When the devotees were complaining to the authorities, the train prepared to leave the station. Annoyed, a few devotees got into the coaches and pulled the emergency chain to bring the train to a halt.
“How can we travel for hours in the train without water? The toilets are stinking and we are not able to bear the stench,” many devotees complained.
The authorities pacified the devotees and instructed the workers to fill up all the water tanks in the coaches. The train left the station around 12 noon.
A few trains were delayed due to this protest.