Passengers travelling by the New Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani Express had a narrow escape after the pilot engine running ahead of the prestigious train derailed in Naxal- infested Aurangabad district of Bihar.
Although Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced a comprehensive revamp of railway catering services, commuters on long-distance trains continue to undergo the ordeal of being served poor quality food.
Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy Wednesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the derailment of the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express in Bihar, while later stating that it could be the handiwork of Maoists.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ruled out the involvement of Maoists in the Rajdhani Express derailment in Chapra which left four persons dead and said the incident appears to be a result of "error" on the part of Railways.
At least five trains, including Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani, were stranded for over three hours on Saturday as locals squatted on the tracks after a Railways patrolman was run over and killed near Mankatha station in Bihar`s Lakhisarai district.
A major tragedy was on Wednesday averted due to alertness of the locals when they stopped a Rajdhani Express after detecting damage to the railway track on Firozabad-Tundla route, a senior official said.