Over 250 Southern Railway employees led by the Indian Railways Technical Supervisors’ Association (IRTSA) on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the Moore Market Complex condemning the increasing incidents of physical attacks on technical supervisory cadres at various depots and workshops.

The protest, which was triggered by the recent attack on an electrical engineer at the EMU car shed in Velachery, sought to highlight the increasing vulnerability of technical staff who was working amid severe staff and resource constraints, IRTSA leaders said.

The IRTSA has demanded the constitution of a committee to investigate the incidents and take deterrent measures to ensure their safety and that of the travelling public.

The leaders pointed out that while about 20 per cent vacancies had been identified in important safety categories, the workload of employees was only increasing with introduction of additional trains and specials. The supervisors faced stiff resistance from a section of the staff and were subjected to physical assault by those in the guise of representatives of organised trade unions or associations, the leaders said.

Referring to the Velachery incident, they pointed out that though the management had suspended seven staff in this connection they were later reinstated.