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Trains to run at 50 kmph in Maoist-affected areas

In view of protest days being observed by Maoists from tomorrow, Railways have decided to restrict train speed to 50 kmph till June 21 in certain sections in West Bengal and Bihar.



New Delhi: In view of protest days being
observed by Maoists from tomorrow, Railways have decided to
restrict train speed to 50 kmph till June 21 in certain
sections in West Bengal and Bihar.

The speed restrictions will be enforced in Asansol
Division and Jamalpur-Kiul section of Malda Division.

The decision comes on a day when Railways have once again
extended suspension of night running of trains in Kharagpur
Division till June 22, which was implemented after the
Jnaneshwari Express train disaster near Jhargram on May 28.

A senior railway official said Railways have decided to
initiate several other precautionary measures during the
three-day protests by the Maoists.

During this period, trains will ply in bunch with a
pilot escort engine, with the guards being fully equipped with
walkie-talkie sets.

One advance pilot engine will also run ahead of the
Rajdhani Express running on the routes, said a railway
official.

Maoists are observing `Dhikkar Diwas` (Condemnation Day)
on June 18, which will be followed by `Atma Samman Diwas`
(self-respect day) on June 19 and `Bikkhob Diwas` (agitation
day) the next day.

-PTI

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