May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had arrested two people, who assaulted the driver of the Maho-Colombo commuter train at Alawwa Station.
Train passengers angry over the delay of the Colombo Fort-bound office train from Maho early yesterday assaulted the driver of the train for the delay.
The passengers pelted stones at the train and blocked the train track delaying the train even more. The train services from Polgahawela to Colombo on the main line were halted leaving 18 trains stranded for few hours during the morning commute.
The two passengers who attacked the driver at the Alawwa Station were arrested by the Maradana Police as soon as the train reached the Maradana Railway Station after the delay, local newspaper Ceylon Today reported.
The train which is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. at Colombo has reportedly arrived d at 1 p.m.
The tense situation erupted after the melee was resolved when a team of high ranking police officers including the North-Western Province DIG L.A.R. Ratnayake and Kurunegala SSP Jayantha Samarakoon arrived at the Alawwa station and held discussions with the angry passengers.