DALTONGANJ: Palamu civil surgeon Dr John F Kennedy distributed face masks to passengers on board the Barkakana-Dehri-on-Sone passenger train and at the Daltonganj railway station on Friday. Kennedy travelled for 20 kms till Rajhara railway station and spoke to passengers of two coaches.
“As many as 1,000 face masks were distributed among railway passengers during the drive,” Kennedy said.
Talking to media persons after returning to Daltonganj, Kennedy said many passengers did not have face masks on. “Several passengers claimed wearing face masks would make it difficult for them to chew tobacco. They had their masks in their pockets. There was utter disregard for Covid-19 protocols on board the train,” Kennedy added.
Railway sources said that lax attitude of a section of passengers at a time when the country is seemingly on the cusp of a second wave of infections was highly condemnable.