Don't be surprised if you suddenly come across your familiar station master dressed in plain clothes.

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Western Railway (WR) station masters decided not to wear their uniforms to work as a mark of protest following an attack on Ashok Azad at Vile Parle station on September 15 when train services were affected following a derailment between Andheri and Vile Parle, they have written to the WR authorities.

At a meeting held on September 18, the All India Station Masters Association (AISMA) informed the Railways of the decision. A letter was also submitted to the WR authorities (a copy of which is with SUNDAY mid-day) that read“The stationmaster (Azad) was easily noticeable by the angry public due to his uniform and fell victim to the unruly mob. From now onwards stationmasters of Mumbai Central division wouldn't wear their uniforms in a bid to prevent such life-threatening attacks.”

The AISMA is also demanding action against the railway police — namely RPF and GRP — for failing to tackle the mob that day.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) Mumbai Circle is investigating the incident.