Maoist attack: Railways play safe; cancel many trains

Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 00:05

New Delhi: Taking no chances, Railways on Friday
decided not to run trains in Maoist-affected areas during
night following today`s accident near Jhargram in West Bengal
in which over 70 passengers were killed.

It decided to adopt safety measure in both West Bengal and
Orissa to ensure security to passengers and as a short term
measure rescheduled and cancelled some trains.
"Trains have been rescheduled from Central Railway and
East Coast Railway from May 28 to May 31 so that they can
reach Jharsuguda (Orissa) only after day break," said the
Railway Ministry in a statement.

The steps have been taken in view of the `Black Week`
being observed by ultras from today till June 2, it said.

Long distance inter-state trains passing through Maoist
hit areas from Howrah will now leave in the morning hours
instead of night. They include 2810 Howrah-Mumbai, 2152
Samarsata Express, 2130 Azad Hind Express, 2906 Porbandar
Express and 2834 Ahmedabad Express, it said.

The Orissa Government today said it would take up train
security issues in the state with the Railway Ministry as over
half-a-dozen railway lines have been identified as vulnerable
to Maoist attack.
As the busy Howrah-Mumbai section remained completely
paralysed between Kharagpur and Tatanagar following today`s
mishap, South Eastern Railway cancelled nine trains.

They were Howrah-Barbil Jan Shatdbdi, Howrah-Titlagarh
Ispat, Howrah-Tata Steel and Howrah-Chakradharpur Passenger/
Express trains. Other trains like Jhargram-Purulia Bi-Weekly
Express, Howrah-Koraput, Howrah-Hatia, Howrah-Purlia and
Howrah-Hyderabad Expresses were also cancelled.

The statement also said free travel facility has been
provided to the next of kin of the dead and to injured
passengers receiving medical attention in Kharagpur, Midnapur
and Howrah.

The National Disaster Response Force, which responded to
Railways call in the rescue operation, deployed 189 personnel.
An NDRF release claimed that two lives were saved by their
personnel.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 00:05

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