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9 injured as metro escalator malfunctions in Kolkata

Passengers stand on a platform at a metro station during the inauguration ceremony of a 6-km (4-mile) expanded stretch of the city's metro railway line in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata August 22, 2009. India's railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday inaugurated the much-awaited expanded stretch of the metro railway line between Tollygunge and Garia bazaar in the southern fringes of the city, local media reported. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw (INDIA TRANSPORT)
Passengers stand on a platform at a metro station during the inauguration ceremony of a 6-km (4-mile) expanded stretch of the city's metro railway line in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata August 22, 2009. India's railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday inaugurated the much-awaited expanded stretch of the metro railway line between Tollygunge and Garia bazaar in the southern fringes of the city, local media reported. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw (INDIA TRANSPORT)

Kolkata: At least nine people were injured at a metro station when an escalator malfunctioned here on Thursday.

The accident took place when the escalator in the northern end of the Girish Park metro station, moving in upward direction, suddenly started moving downwards.

Out of the injured, three have been rushed to the hospital while others were giving first aid at the station itself.

Meanwhile, a probe has been ordered to find the cause of the incident. (ANI)