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Naxal violence has hit Railways hard: Mamata

Condemning Maoist violence, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said the PSU had incurred Rs 250 crore loss due to their activities.



Kolkata: Condemning Maoist violence, Railway
Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said the PSU had incurred Rs
250 crore loss due to their activities which also forced the
suspension of night running of trains in areas which have
strong presence of the ultras.

"What is going on by throwing bombs, removing clips and
blowing away trains killing innocent people," she said at a
function after flagging off four new EMU trains at Majherhat
station in the southern suburbs.

Banerjee said night running of trains on Kharagpur-Adra
and Kharagpur-Tatanagar sections of South-Eastern Railway has
been suspended since the Jnaneswari Express derailment on May
28.

However, the minister said it is possible to ply four
trains in the sectors during night hours if accompanied by
pilot cars.

"Even if trains are run, they (Maoists) have been killing
people, removing clips on tracks and blowing away trains,"
Banerjee said while appealing to the ultras not to do so as
"rail is the lifeline of the nation."

"If such a lifeline is snapped, progress will be
stalled," she pointed out.

Referring to criticism that Railway`s revenue had fallen,
Banerjee said "if there are destructive activities, income
will definitely drop."

Referring to the recent hike of petroleum products, the
minister said the Railways would have to bear an additional
burden of Rs 450 crore on account of this.

PTI

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