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2 Metro riders held for causing public disorder

Two subway commuters were detained for causing public disorder after a scuffle broke out over a baby urinating in the train on the new stretch of the Metro Line 11 on Wednesday evening.

Three commuters — two men and a woman — got into a fight with another commuter after the later tried to dissuade them from allowing the baby to urinate in a moving train around Sanlin Station.

The ensuing war of words soon became physical and only ended when the police intervened.

According to details posted on Weibo, the passenger offered a water bottle to the baby’s parents that was flatly rejected.

Instead, the two men with the baby took offence of it and struck the passenger and  broke his glasses. He also had injuries and swelling in other parts of the body.

Other passengers tried to stop them but with no luck.

The two men, the child’s father and an uncle, were later detained by police for 10 days, the maximum punishment for causing public disorder — and not for allowing the kid to urinate on the Metro train.

The extended Line 11 was inaugurated last week.

This wasn’t the first such incident when a fight broke out over a baby urinating in a Metro. Last month, the grandfather of a toddler apologized over a similar incident.

The toddler’s parents helped the child to urinate in a crowded Metro Line 3 train, irking some of the passengers.

They were largely condemned by netizens that forced the  grandfather to make a public apology. No one was arrested.

In another incident, a man was detained for trying to travel ticketless on Line 8 and then taking on police.

The man tried to jump the turnstile at Line 8’s Zhongxing Road Station when he was caught by police last week. He not only refused to pay the fine and got physical with police.



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