11,000 km rail routes under Maoist radar: Railways official

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 00:01

New Delhi: With naxals targeting railway
property and prestigious trains, a senior official today said
over 11,000-km rail line across the country has become
vulnerable to Maoist attacks.


In the last two days, naxals triggered several blasts in
areas like Dhanbad, Kharagpur, Mugalsarai, Chakradharpur,
Ranchi and Adra, disrupting train services. They also targeted
the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express in Gaya in Bihar by
blasting a rail line.

"Indian Railways runs a network extending upto 64,015 km.
Out of this, a considerable section has become vulnerable to
Maoist attacks," a Railway official said.


"Though we do not have a definite data about the exact
length of rail route directly affected by Maoist violence,
about 11,000-km rail route in Maoist-affected states have
become vulnerable to such attacks," he said.

The states affected by naxal menace are West Bengal,
Andhra, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Madhya
Pradesh.


Keeping the security threat in mind, Railways have beefed
up security in the Maoist-affected areas.


It also held a high-level security review meeting in Rail
Bhawan here today. It was attended by RPF DG Ranjit Sinha and
other senior Railway officials involved in security and
safety.

-PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 00:01

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