Kolkata, Nov 12 (UNI) Train services came to a grinding halt both in Howrah and Sealdah divisions as bandh supporters evicted staff at many stations to protest Nandigram violence allegedly perpetrated by ruling CPI(M) cadres.
Besides evicting railway staff from signal posts at many junctions, bandh supporters threw banana leaves on overhead wires bringing services to a complete halt, Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway officials admitted.
Though some scheduled long distance trains arrived early this morning, as day progressed obstructions were reported from main junctions of Asansol and Malda divisions forcing many Howrah and Sealdah bound trains to halt at different stations.
A preliminary report from ER said many long distance trains were detained include the 2302 Dn New Delhi--Howrah Rajdhani Express (Via-Gaya) at Dhanbad, 2340 Dn Coalfield Express at Barddhaman, 2342 Dn Agniveena Express at Malda, 2352 Dn Danapur-Howrah Express at Chandanpur, 2317 Dn Kalka Mail at Panagarh, 3010 Doon Express at Durgapur, 2334 Dn Vibhuti Express at Asansol, 3112 Dn Lalquila Express at Sitarampur, and 8607 Dn Baidyanathdham-Ranchi Express at Chittaranjan.
Besides the 3040 Dn Delhi-Howrah Janata Express at Andal, 3020 Dn Bagh Express at Jamtara, 3134 Dn Varanasi--Sealdah Express at Chatia, 3142 Dn Teesta Torsa Express at Azimganj, 3012 Dn Malda--Howrah Intercity Express at Murarui, 3148 Dn Uttarbanga Express at Nalhati, 3164 Dn Hateybazare Express at Ambikakaina, 5960 Dn Kamrup Express at Salar, and 5048 Dn Purbanchal Express at Nalhati, were also detained.
Reports of obstruction of train services also came from SER at several places.
Local train services also badly affected across the state.
The ER also cancelled eight mail-express trains for the day, including Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi exp, Black Diamond, and Ganadevata express.