New Delhi: Nearly two years after night
running of the train was suspended on the route, Mumbai-bound
Jnaneshwari Express has resumed its nocturnal journey from
Howrah, railway officials said here on Monday.
The train left Howrah station on schedule at 10.55 pm on
Sunday evening after more than 19 months as the ban on night
movement of the train between Kharagpur and Tatanagar was
lifted recently by the railways, the officials said.
This was the same train that was targeted by Maoists on
the wee hours of May 28, 2010 between the two stations killing
148 passengers, prompting railways to impose an immediate ban
on night movment of the train on the route.
Jnaneshwari along with several other trains was
rescheduled following this and continued to run on revised
timings, posing inconvenience to passengers.
Till the report was filed, the train was running almost
on time and would reach Mumbai in the early hours tomorrow
after a gap of 19 months.
Strangely, one could still see the mangled coaches of
the ill-fated rake lying adjacent to the rail tracks near
Jhargram where the accident, considered one of the worst
tragedies in the annals of rail history, had taken place.
However, Railways had kept the scheduled departure of
the train after 19 months a low key affair fearing any
mischievious attempts from rogue elements resulting in the
occasion largely going unnoticed.