New Delhi: Not keen to take any chance in
view of observance of `black week` from May 28 to June 2 by
Maoists, Railway Ministry has decided to suspend running of
passenger trains for seven hours in the night in Naxal-
affected areas during that period.
The decision came after Maoists derailed the Howrah-Kurla
Gyaneshwari Express in West Midnapore district of West Bengal
in the wee hours of Thursday, killing more than 100 people.
Passenger trains will not run from 10 pm to 5 am between
Kharagpur-Tatanagar and Kharagpur-Adra sections of South
Eastern Railway and the suspension of night run will remain in
force till 5 am on June 3, the Railways said in a statement.
A day after the railway disaster, some mail and express
trains on the section are running late or are being diverted,
the statement added.
Railways have extended free travel facility to next of
kin of the dead and injured passengers receiving medical
attention in Kharagpur, Midnapur and Howrah.
Relatives of victims can approach helpline booths at the
stations to avail of the facility.