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Maharashtra Students Accuse Railways of Mismanagement During Travel from Delhi to Mumbai amid Lockdown

A passenger wearing face mask and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 peeps out of a train window at Secunderabad Railway Station. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

A passenger wearing face mask and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 peeps out of a train window at Secunderabad Railway Station. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

In a video message shared by several students, they claimed the railways had operated a train from Delhi to Mumbai but the lack of communication and cleanliness brought about hardships.

Some 1,000 students from Maharashtra preparing for civil services exams in Delhi alleged on Sunday that the railways' mismanagement had inconvenienced them.

In a video message shared by several students, they claimed the railways had operated a train from Delhi to Mumbai but the lack of communication and cleanliness brought about hardships.

"Though it was a special train, we were asked to sit in the general coaches which were not properly cleaned. We were asked to arrive at 10 in the morning on Saturday, but the train left in the evening," said Snehal Chavan, a UPSC aspirant in New Delhi.

"Except Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde, we got help neither from the Delhi government nor the railways. Despite being crammed in some coaches, we were not allowed to use the ones that were empty. Out coaches were not connected, so communicating with fellow travelers was not possible," she claimed.

Another UPSC aspirant on board the train said water and food were scarce, despite assurances by railway officials.