Biohar: Normality restored in East Central Railway

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Patna, Apr 17: The train services on several routes of East Central Railway (ECR), which remained affected yesterday following a 24-hour bandh by the proscribed Maoists, became normal today.

the movement of passenger trains were restored particularly under Dhanbad, Mughalsarai and Danapur divisions, ECR sources said.

The sources further informed that the trains, which were diverted, were now plying on their normal routes. The trains which were cancelled were now running as per their schedules.

The Maoists had blown up railway tracks near Sesar station on Sasaram-Gaya section under Mughalsarai division on Tuesday night thus affecting the services for several hours.

The Howrah, Sealdah, Ranchi, Bhubneswar and Guwahati bound Rajdhani Express remained stranded at different stations till wee hours yesterday, sources said adding that normality returned on the particular sections after 0400 hours.

The Maoists had also attacked the Sesar railway station and took the Assistant Station Master (ASM) D P Vishwakarma, porter Satyendra Kumar and a cabin man in their captive for several hours.

They also removed the fish plates at five different places 'on Up and Down track of the section' follwing which plying of trains on the route remained paralysed for several hours.

Later the rebels released Mr Vishwakarma, railway sources said adding that the fish plates were repaired and the movement of trains was restored.

Four police personnel and a porter were killed and several others sustained severe injuries in the Maoists attack on Jhajha railway station on April 13.

The ultras had blew up the GRP station at Jhajha railway station and also planted detonators to blow up the station building and ATM counters.

It may be recalled that the Maoists have given the bandh call simultaneously in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bangal, Orissa and Chhatishgarh in protest against the killing of their cadres in police encounters and against the recent encounter with the police at Bandu forests in Garhwa district of Jharkhand.


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