Trains cancelled, bus services normal in Bihar

Six trains between Jharkhand and Bihar were cancelled in the wake of a two-day shutdown call given by the Maoists from today.

Last Updated: Jul 07, 2010, 22:55 PM IST

Patna: Six trains between Jharkhand and
Bihar were cancelled in the wake of a two-day shutdown call
given by the Maoists from today.

The trains which were cancelled were 3348/3348A
Patna-Garhwaroad-Singrauli Express for two days, 3347/3347A
Barkakana-Singrauli, Garhwaroad-Patna Express, 629
Barwadih-Dehri-on-sone-Barwadih Express and 738 Dehri-on-Sone
-Barwadih Express, East Central Railway Chief Public Relations
Officer Dilip Kumar said.

He said routes of some trains were also changed
because of the band call.

Kumar said all precautionary measures have been taken
by the ECR as railways have become soft-targets for Maoists.
Pilot engines would escort the trains during the day
time in Maoist-affected areas, he said.

Bus services were normal in Bihar, officials claimed.
No untoward incidents have been reported from
anywhere in the state since midnight, ADG P K Thakur said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in view
of the ongoing shutdown, Thakur said and added that all police
stations in the Naxalite-hit were put on maximum alert.

"All the district Superintendents of Police have been
directed to intensify patrolling and deploy additional
security forces at vital installations, including railway
stations," Thakur said.

The banned CPI (Maoist) has called the two-day strike
to protest the killing of their top leader Cherukuri Rajkumar
alias Rajkumar alias Azad in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh.

PTI