Maoist threat to Duranto halts trains in WB
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 22:59
Kolkata: Train services in Maoist-hit West Midnapore district were suspended Wednesday evening after the GRP alerted the authorities that the ultras were targeting the Mumbai-Howrah Duranto Express, South Eastern Railway sources said.

"The Jhargram GRP informed us around 7:35 pm that Maoists were planning an attack on the Mumbai-Howrah Duranto Express. We have accordingly stopped all trains at the nearest stations," the sources said.

As a result, train services on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section were suspended.

They said the Duranto Express was stopped at the Ghatsila station and the Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express at Kalaikunda.

"We may have to take Duranto back to Tatanagar and the Steel Express to Kharagpur," the sources said, adding that the Up and Down Tatanagar-Kharagpur passenger trains have also been stopped.

After the May 28 Jnaneswari Express disaster which left 148 passengers dead, trains are not allowed to run between 10:00 pm to 5:00 am in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar and Kharagpur-Adra sections till June 14.


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 22:59

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