Maoist bandh: Railways imposes speed limit

Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 20:23

New Delhi: With Maoists giving a call for
bandh in four states beginning Monday, the Railways has decided
to impose speed restriction of 65 kmph on passenger
trains in Naxal-affected areas and taken a slew of other steps
to ward off the repeat of Jnaneshwari Express attack.

The suspension of night services on certain sections in
Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal has also been
extended till Friday as part of the precautionary steps that
include providing of escorts and pilots for the trains.

"We have made arrangement for safety and security of
passengers and railway properties in Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa
and West Bengal during the 48-hour bandh call given by
Maoists," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

As per the measures, all passenger trains including
Rajdhani Express will have escorts from Railway Protection
Force and would run in a group as far as possible.

Speed restrictions of 65 km per hour have also been
imposed on all passenger trains running on the sections
running through the Naxal-affected areas till June 16, he
said.

Besides, intensive round-the-clock patrolling would be
carried out at railway bridges and vital installations.

Guards and drivers are being provided walkie-talkie
sets to communicate with the control room and quick reaction
teams are being kept in readiness at important locations, said
the official.

These precautionary measures have been taken in view of
the attack on Jnaneshwari Express train on May 28 during the
last bandh call given by Maoists. At least 149 passengers were
killed in that incident.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 20:23

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