Bed bug bites drive Indian train passengers to deboard and demand a new carriage

by nobugsonme on February 16, 2011 · 3 comments

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After complaining about bed bug bites for just under a hundred kilometers, twenty-two passengers in a bed bug-infested railway compartment in India got off their train yesterday, and demanded railway officials provide them with a new train carriage.

The Times of India reports that

Tormented by bedbugs, passengers in one of the air-conditioned coaches of the Jammu Tawi Express from Mangalore got off the compartment here early on Tuesday and forced railway authorities to replace the carriage.

The 22 passengers in the compartment said they had been continuously bitten by bedbugs ever since the train passed Shoranur. In Coimbatore, they left the compartment with their luggage and demanded a replacement coach.

The train was delayed at Coimbatore for three-and-a-half hours. The travellers shouted slogans, and the issue was resolved only after station deputy superintendent M Chandran intervened.

It sounds like a lot of bed bug activity was present.

Unfortunately, the article suggests the infested train was “disinfected” and quickly put back into service.

So while the story of this protest is very encouraging, the overall picture is still quite grim. 

1 Winston O. Buggy February 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

Things that make you Hmmm?

2 Ci Lecto February 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

As you would, no doubt, agree, it’s unlikely that a bed bug infestation in a rail car can be cleared in 3 hours. (Though, IIRC, Dursban is still in use in India, so their PCOs may have an easier time of things.)

We also can’t tell from the article if it was actually BB biting these passengers, or some other insect.

3 mr_despair April 29, 2011 at 7:07 am

Don’t know if it’s a coincidence. But never faced this problem during Laloo’s tenure. Mamta are you listening?

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