Maoist threat to Duranto halts trains in WB

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 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.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 22:59

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