Train services go haywire following Maoist threat

Trains coming into and going out of Bihar were stopped at various places on Sunday night following threats by Maoists to blow up tracks during a bandh called by them.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 23:38 PM IST

Patna: Trains coming into and going out of
Bihar were stopped at various places on Sunday night following threats
by Maoists to blow up tracks during a bandh called by them.

ECR chief Public Relations Officer Dilip Kumar said a
gateman told the station manager of Ismailpur that Maoists had
told him they have planted bombs on the tracks between
Ismailpur and Rafigunj stations and threatened to blow up the
tracks if movement of trains was not stopped forthwith.

Following this, the ECR authorities stopped many
trains, including Rajdhani Expresses, at various stations
which caused disruption of rail traffic in the
Gaya-Mughalsarai grand chord section of Mughalsarai division
of the East Central Railway, Kumar said.

The Jodhpur-Howrah Express was stranded at Rafigunj, Doon
Express at Dehri, Sasaram-Ranchi Express at Sasaram, New
Delhi-Howrah Superfast Express at Kudra, Shipra Express at
Saeed Raja and Patna-Dehri Intercity Express was detained at
Gaya.

The Bhubaneswar Rajdhani, Sealdah Rajdhani and Ranchi
Rajdhani were detained at different stations in Dhanbad
division but their names were not being divulged for security
reason, he said.

"We plan to allow resumption of normal traffic only after
security clearance tomorrow," Kumar said.

Routes of several trains including Shaktipunj Express,
Ranchi-Varanasi Express and Tata-Jammu Tawi Express were also
changed following the threat, he said.

PTI