Maoist bandh: Railways to keep Quick Reaction teams ready
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 21:12
  
New Delhi: Apprehending "threat to railway property and passenger safety" during the two-day bandh called by Maoists in five states from tomorrow, Railways have decided to keep "Quick Reaction Teams" in readiness and conduct intensive petrolling of vital assets.

Several trains will also remain cancelled during this period and speed restrictions of 65 kmph will come into force during night hours while all trains including Rajdhani expresses will have RPF and RPSF escort party.

"The measures will be mostly observed in East Central Railway (ECR) covering parts of Jharkhand and Bihar," said a Railway official, adding, the measures will come into force from 10 pm today to 5 am on July 7.

The Maoists have called the bandh in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chattishgarh and Orissa from tomorrow till July 1.

The official said the Quick Reaction Team will be kept in readiness at important locations in ECR besides intensifying patrolling of bridges and vital installations especially during night hours.

Six trains will remain suspended during this period and as many trains will be diverted via Mughalsarai. Timing of two trains will be revised, he said.

Meanwhile, Railways have extended suspension of night running of trains in Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railway till July 5.

The suspension will remain in force between Kharagpur and Tatanagar and Kharagpur and Adra from 10 pm to 5 am, said a Railway statement.

Both South Eastern as well as East Coast Railway have rescheduled several trains in view of the night suspension.

Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahai said earlier that night services will resume once they are confident of the security in the area. The suspension came into effect from May 28 after the Jnaneshwari train accident, supposedly carried out by the Maoist, which claimed 148 lives.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 21:12


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