A loco-pilot on Monday stopped an express train midway, near Tirunelveli, saying he was “depressed” as Southern Railway’s Madurai Division had not settled some of his grievances.

The Tirunelveli-Jammu Tawi Express was detained between the Kadambur and Kumarapuram stations for more than 30 minutes from 4.45 p.m.
When the guard questioned him, he gave it in writing that he felt “depressed” and could not run the train any further. He attributed his depression to the Railways’ failure to redress his grievances, railway sources said.
However, after railway officials from Madurai promised him that they would look into his grievances, he agreed to run the train.
But the guard argued that he could not allow the pilot to run the train after he had given it in writing that he was in a “depressed condition.” He sought another written statement from the pilot that his health was alright, and he was willing to run the train.
The sources said the officials pacified the guard to keep the train running.